New Data Shows SA Renewables Shine Through Summer - Solar Citizens

New Data Shows SA Renewables Shine Through Summer

Renewable energy shone through summer in South Australia providing the equivalent of 45.9% of the state’s electricity consumption, according to Australian Energy Market Operator data.

South Australia has been at the centre of Australia’s energy debate with the Federal Government attempting to use South Australia’s leadership in renewable energy to slow down the transition to renewable energy in other states.

“The proof is in the pudding. South Australia’s high levels of renewable energy did not impact South Australia’s ability to keep the lights on over summer,” Dan Spencer South Australian Campaigner with Solar Citizens said.

“Almost 46% of South Australia’s electricity consumption came from our abundant wind and sun over summer, while the government-owned diesel generators weren’t needed and the net draw on the Victorian interconnector was minimal,” Mr Spencer said.

“The Federal Government has tried to use South Australia as a proxy war to hold back other states setting strong renewable energy targets but the data shows they’ve misfired,” Mr Spencer said.

Solar Citizens says South Australia continuing to invest in renewable energy and storage will reduce power bills over time.“As South Australia continues to build more renewable energy and storage people will have more control over their power bills.

“Building solar thermal with storage in Port Augusta and the world’s biggest virtual power plant starting on housing trust rooftops are two examples of renewable and storage projects that are predicted to bring bills down for the whole community,” Mr Spencer said.

Solar Citizens is urging South Australian Liberal Leader to drop his opposition to South Australia’s renewable energy target.

“Steven Marshall admitted on radio on Monday that powering South Australia with 75% renewable energy was achievable. It’s time for the South Australian Liberals to drop their ideological opposition to South Australia’s renewable energy target,” Mr Spencer said.

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