A new report shows that Australia’s renewable energy industry has achieved a new milestone. It is now able to power about 70 percent of the country’s homes.

The Australian Renewable Energy Index is a country-wide report that analyzes the impact of renewables on the nation’s overall electricity and energy landscape. August, 2017 marked the first time the report was released, but the plan is to publish one every month moving forward.

This report shows that Australia is renewable energy sector is cranking out enough electricity to run 70% of homes. Considering the continent is often bathed in sunlight, the fact that about 20 percent of Australia’s renewable energy comes from solar power is likely unsurprising.

 

Some other Key findings in the report include:

  • Renewables made up 17.2% of the electricity generated in Australia (in the National
    Electricity Market and Western Australian Electricity Market)
  • The amount of renewable energy used last financial year avoided an amount of carbon
    pollution equal to removing 8.1 million cars from the road. This​ ​is​ ​more​ ​than​ ​half​ ​of​ ​all
    the​ ​cars​ ​in​ ​Australia.
  • The​ ​recent​ ​boom​ ​in​ ​construction​ ​of​ ​large-scale​ ​renewables​ ​is​ ​employing​ ​thousands​ ​of
    people.

 

Solar Plant
The Nyngan plant is the largest solar installation in Australia.

 

Some top renewable energy producing countries by percentages?

  • Sweden – Well on their way to 100%, they are challenging everyone else to join them in a race to become the first 100-percent renewable countries.
  • Scotland – In 2015, wind power produced the equivalent of 97 percent of the country’s household electricity needs.
  • Costa Rica – Boasts above 90% and aims to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2021.
  • Nicaragua – Aiming to  90% it saw renewables comprise up to 54 percent of all electricity production in June 2015.
  • Germany – Leads the world in solar PV capacity and has even been able to meet as much of 78 percent of a day’s electricity demand from renewables . . . See more

Links: The Guardian

 


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