Australia Hits Huge 25GW Solar Milestone
14th February 2022: Australia hits huge 25GW solar milestone, but Government action needed to keep solar growing
Australia has reached a milestone 25GW of installed solar, according to the Australian PV Institute. Australia has more solar per capita than anywhere else in the world.
“Australia is the sunny country and we’ve been able to capitalise on that abundant solar energy to slash electricity costs and lower emissions,” said Ellen Roberts, Solar Citizens’ National Director.
“Solar homes and businesses are doing the heavy lifting to transition our energy system and we’ve reached this fantastic 25GW milestone.
“But now Governments need to step up to and ensure that rooftop solar can continue to grow and everyone is able to access the benefits of cheap clean energy.
“Governments are failing to keep up with incredible growth of solar, and we’re starting to see issues arise in the distribution network where the policy and technology isn’t keeping pace.
“We’re seeing these problems in states like Western Australia and South Australia where they’ve just introduced new powers to shut off solar systems when excess solar threatens grid stability.
“Instead of backwards measures like cutting off solar, we need to see governments proactively rolling out smarter solutions, like more batteries and dynamically managing solar exports.
“As we decarbonise our homes and switch to electric vehicles we need to be ready to make the most of all the cheap energy straight from the sun.
“Just today we’ve seen a new Bill introduced to Federal Parliament by Helen Haines to make home batteries more economical and to help electrify households.
“This could potentially save people up to $5,000 a year and further slash emissions at a household level, while making the most of our solar advantage. It’s a win-win but governments must step up to support this exciting solar future.”
Media contact: Ellen Roberts 0408 583 694