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One in seven South Australian homes choose solar power

Media Release from the Clean Energy Council.

South Australian homes have the highest percentage of solar panels installed in Australia, with new data revealing an average of almost one in every seven houses across the state has a solar power system
installed.

Clean Energy Council acting Chief Executive Kane Thornton said South Australians from all walks of life were
embracing solar power.

“People are backing a winner with this technology, which helps them to reduce their power bills and produce clean energy. South Australia now produces more than 20 per cent of its power from renewable energy, and it’s clear that people are embracing the future of energy technology.”

South Australia was third nationally in the total number of solar power systems on rooftops, with 55,592 installed to the end of 2011. The government sparked a rush to install solar systems when it reduced its support for the technology in the second half of 2011, and Victor Harbor has emerged as the state’s solar capital.

The official data comes from the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator*, a statutory authority established by the Federal Government. It shows that while inner-city suburbs often have some of the lowest rates of solar installation, those in  regional and lower-income suburbs, retirement belts and some coastal regions have embraced solar in the highest numbers.

Mr Thornton said this suggested those most exposed to rising power bills were more likely to invest in a solar system. “With the price of panels now about a third of what it was just three years ago, many people see solar power
as a way to save on their energy bills as well as do something for the environment,” he said. “We now have more than half a million solar power systems in Australia, but really we are just in the early stages of tapping in to the power of this technology. Solar panels are fast becoming the Hills Hoist of the 21st Century.”

The top 10 South Australian solar postcodes** are as follows:
1. 5211 Victor Harbor, McCracken, Hindmarsh Valley 25.9% of houses have solar power systems
2. 5214 Currency Creek, Goolwa, Hindmarsh Island 24.7%
3. 5173 Aldinga Beach, Port Willunga, Silver Sands 24.1%
4. 5158 Hallett Cove, Sheidow Park 23.6%
5. 5169 Seaford, Moana 20.7%
6. 5095 Mawson Lakes, Pooraka 20.5%
7. 5251 Mount Barker, Bugle Ranges 20.5%
8. 5098 Ingle Farm, Walkley Heights 19.6%
9. 5161 Reynella, Reynella East, Old Reynella 18.7%
10. 5118 Gawler, Evanston 18.7%

*The Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator was amalgamated into the Clean Energy Regulator on April 2, 2012.
** Includes all suburbs or towns within the postcode.

The Clean Energy Council is the peak body for the clean energy sector. It is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a unified voice for more than 600 solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, wave, bioenergy, cogeneration and energy efficiency companies. More information at www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au

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