The growing number of South Australians choosing to install solar panels on their rooftops are generating cleaner power and contributing to lowering power costs for all households in the state, according to Solar Citizens.

The Australian Energy Market Operator’s 2015 National Electricity Forecasting Report released today has confirmed rooftop PV will continue to offset grid demand in South Australia. This brings down the cost of electricity for all household electricity users in the state, not just those with solar installed, said Solar Citizens National Director Claire O’Rourke.

AEMO will also publish its inaugural Emerging Technology Information Paper later this month, investigating the viability of battery storage solutions for Australian residential consumers over the next 20 years and the impact this and other emerging technologies may have on electricity consumption from the grid.

“Solar power makes sense for South Australia,” Ms O’Rourke said.

“It is a great investment for households who want to cut their power bills and for all the other homeowners who benefits from cheaper power prices created by having solar as part of the electricity mix.

“More than 184,000 South Australian homes generate clean power from the sun, and thousands more are ready to join them.

“With or without renewable energy, Australia’s power networks will always need to spend money on replacing and upgrading infrastructure as technologies and demand change and grow.
“Australians are moving to solar PV and with battery storage set to be the next wave in the electricity generation transformation our networks need to adapt and invest in technology that recognises this inevitable shift.

“Solar Citizens’ new campaign ‘Stand up for Solar’ is calling for a national goal of at least 50% renewable energy by 2030.
“Recent polling by Essential Research shows that 59% of Australians support a 50% Renewable Energy Target by 2030. It’s clear that there is more leadership in the community when it comes to delivering the sun-powered future that people demand,” she said.

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