Solar installations surge in South Australia following statewide blackout

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email

Following a statewide blackout in September 2016, citizens in South Australia are embracing the solar market like never before.

From October to December 2016, South Australians invested approximately US$16.9 million in rooftop solar installations, according to new analysis of Clean Energy Regulator data by campaign group Solar Citizens.

Monthly solar installation rates increased 17.65% from October until December 2016 when compared to installation rates from January until September.

Installations from July until December 2016 jumped 21% compared to the first six months of the year, while 6,424 solar systems were installed across the state since July.

Dan Spencer, South Australia campaigner at Solar Citizens, noted: “South Australians are sending a clear message with their wallets that they see clean solar power as a key part of the solution to rising energy costs and power security while tackling climate change.”

Spencer added: “While politicians attacked South Australia’s clean energy leadership, South Australians took action at home, investing 22 million dollars of their own money into making our power cleaner and cheaper at a higher installation rate than before the September blackout.

“With solar and storage becoming cheaper and more affordable every day it’s no surprise that ordinary South Australians have looked to clean energy while South Australia’s power has been in the headlines.”

The top five suburbs for solar installation since the blackout were located in areas with incomes that were listed below the state average, per Australian Tax Office data. The regional suburb of Waitpinga had the most installed solar, followed by Smithfield Plains, Salisbury North, Angas Plains and Morphett Vale.

Spencer added: “Whether it’s in Salisbury or regional SA, South Australians are looking to solar for their power showing just how mainstream renewable energy has become in South Australia. South Australians from all walks of life are doing their bit to bring power bills down with clean energy, it’s time the Federal Government did the same.”

Read Next

October 4, 2022
FTC Solar said it has been selected to supply its 2P Voyager+ solar tracker technology for the “largest” DC-coupled solar-plus-storage plant in Australia.
October 4, 2022
NovaSource Power Services has acquired First Solar’s Australian operations and maintenance (O&M) business, adding approximately 500MW of PV projects to its fleet in the process.
October 4, 2022
The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has opened its first tender for renewable energy and long duration storage.
October 3, 2022
Australia’s Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has launched a AUS$43 million (US$27.7 million) Industrial Energy Transformation Studies Program aimed at identifying opportunities to reduce energy costs and emissions in the country’s industrial sector.
PV Tech Premium
September 30, 2022
As trade bodies call for Ukraine to reach 50% renewables in its power mix by 2030, it will need to install 17GW of solar PV.
September 28, 2022
Queensland gets about 21% of its energy from renewables, but the state government has just set an increased target of 70% renewables by 2032.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

On-Demand Webinars, Solar Media Events
October 11, 2022
Virtual event
Upcoming Webinars
October 18, 2022
10am (EDT) / 4pm (CEST)
Solar Media Events
November 29, 2022
Malaga, Spain