South Australia has come up a lot in discussions about energy – particularly when it comes to using renewables. There’s been a fair amount of controversy, especially among key political parties, about the state of energy in South Australia so it’s understandable if you’re a little confused about what to think.
South Australia – a leading light with renewables
The good news is that South Australia has got a huge amount of potential when it comes to renewables. Just think of wind and solar for a start – the climate here is ideal for harnessing energy that doesn’t come from fossil fuels and there’s a lot to celebrate.
Despite negative press surrounding serious power outages – most recently in 2016/17, South Australia should and can be seen as leading the change in terms of renewables. It’s even been referred to as an ‘international model of success for energy transition’.
Did you know that from 2008 to 2018, emissions have been reduced by 56% alongside wholesale prices?
Renewables projects in South Australia
Did you know that South Australia is on track to meet 75% renewables target by 2025? Yep, there’s certainly a lot going on in South Australia when it comes to renewables and many experts believe it could reach 73% of renewable power as early as 2020.
Since the end of 2018, thousands of households in South Australia have benefited from having access to $100million in State Government subsidies to help pay for the installation of home battery systems. This has been expected to significantly reduce not only the demand on power networks but also the prices for people in South Australia.
Sadly the plans for a $650 million solar thermal power plant in Port Augusta will not be going ahead due to failure to secure commercial finance – but this doesn’t mean that South Australia doesn’t have the potential to continue to excel with multiple other renewables projects across the state.
The future of renewables and how this all affects your household?
South Australia does in fact have one of the most reliable grids in the country – which is good news for homeowners and households who depend on getting their energy each day.
The state has over 800MW of rooftop solar – that’s an impressive amount and an area that can create an impressive amount of electricity for households in South Australia to benefit from.
In addition, the boom in renewables has helped to significantly bring down prices so that you can start considering the changes that you can make to reduce your home’s carbon footprint without having to worry as much about costs.