Every year the Climate Council tracks the relative renewable energy progress of Australian states and territories in their renewable energy update report.
The 2018 report found the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), South Australia and Tasmania are leading the other states and territories across a range of renewable energy measures.
The report also highlighted those states with the highest proportion of rooftop solar which are: Queensland (32.9%), South Australia (32.3%) and Western Australia (26.7%).
Did you know 2017 saw more solar PV capacity added around the world than coal, natural gas and nuclear combined!
In the absence of credible national climate and energy policy, state and territory renewable energy targets, policies and action is crucial to reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution levels.
Local government, households and businesses play a huge role as well. They too continue to install rooftop solar in record numbers.
The top solar suburbs in each state are:
- Elimbah, QLD in Moreton Bay Regional Council – 68.5% of rooftops have solar
- Willunga, Hope Forest, Dingabledinga, Pages Flat and Yundi, SA in the City of Onkaparinga & Alexandrina Council – 54.1% of rooftops have solar (Cities Power Partnership members)
- Baan Baa, Bohena Creek, Bullawa Creek, Couradda, Edgeroi, Eulah Creek, Harparary, Jacks Creek, Kaputar, Narrabi, Narrabi West, Tarriaro and Turrawan, NSW in Narrabri Shire Council – 52.4% of rooftops have solar
- Alkimos, WA in the City of Wanneroo – 50.2% of rooftops have solar
- Wangarrata, VIC & surrounding towns in Wangaratta Rural City – 36.3% of rooftops have solar
- Grasstree Hill, Honeywood, Old Beach, Otago, Risdon and Tea Tree, TAS in Brighton Council (Cities Power Partnership member), Clarence City Council & Southern Midlands Council – 24.8% of rooftops have solar
- Alice Springs, NT – 23.4% of rooftops have solar (Cities Power Partnership member)
- Brindabella, Bimberi and Coombs, ACT – 20.7% of rooftops have solar (Cities Power Partnership member)
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Australia’s current renewable energy boom, driven by local action, is tackling climate change and creating creating almost 10,000 jobs.
Let’s keep up the momentum!