1. The Sun Always Shines – For Free
That we’re a nation of sun-worshippers isn’t a surprise – our government touts life on the beach as an integral part of our collective cultural identity. The best part though, is that the sun never stops shining here, which means solar power forever.
This nifty solar map of Australia breaks down the installation of solar power in homes by electorate, estimates the dollars saved by not using coal and mentions the tonnes of carbon dioxide saved by using the safer option of solar power.
2. More Demand = Cheaper Costs
The solar power boom continues to sustain itself because of the technology’s accessibility, and because it reduces dependence on traditional coal-based power supply. Financially, consumers are looking for a way out of the crippling traditional energy price cycle, and solar power is fast becoming the economical solution.
The more solar panels installed, the cheaper the average price becomes:
3. Government Policies Subsidizing Renewable Energy
The 2013 Australian Energy Resource Assessment cites government policies and funding as some the major reasons why the solar power sector is soaring. Incentives like the Smart Grid, Smart City program and tax rebates help consumers pick solar power. The Climate Commission’s graph projects the trends in solar power usage until 2030. Looks like it’s uphill from here.
4. Not Just Homes – Cities and Municipalities Have Signed On, Too
Even though the highest jump in solar power use is in the residential sector (about 20% in the last 3 years alone), others are realizing the benefits of switching to a greener fuel source, too. Municipalities, for one, are hopping on board. The government’s Clean Energy Map lets you track renewable projects by municipal region, with status notifications.
5. Projections by 2040 – Australia Could Become a World Leader in Solar Power
Australia is well on its way to switching its entire energy structure from fossil-fuel to nearly 100% renewable energy consumption by 2040.
Naturally, The Green Power Company will be in the thick of it, helping clients switch to solar.