The figures are in, and according to the latest Clean Energy Council of Australia Report: Bundaberg in Queensland was Australia’s solar power capital at the end of 2014, with the most solar power systems of any postcode in the country. Our near neighbour, Hervey Bay, came in third, and in fact: Eight of the top 10 solar regions of the year were befittingly from the Sunshine State.
But it’s not just householders who are saving money with solar power. The report went on to say: More than 15,000 businesses across the country have now installed a solar power system, collectively saving more than $64 million on their power bills.
Statistics show we’re coming up on 1.5 million solar power installations across Australia, and nearly a third of those are in Queensland. The report went on to say that in 2014 Increased consumer engagement and awareness about electricity prices and the benefits of solar technology meant more than 230,000 households and businesses installed either solar power or solar hot water.
That’s good news for the environment, and also means there are a lot of happy householders saving money on their electricity bills. If you’d like to raise your awareness about electricity prices and the benefits of solar technology, we invite you to read our article called How Solar Power Works which is an introduction to the technology we install every day on rooftops in Bundaberg and surrounding areas. If you’re already an informed consumer and would like information on how to choose a solar power installation company, we also have an article on our website: The top 7 questions you should ask when buying a solar power system.
From a big picture perspective, the Queensland government has recently committed to a renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030. That means, in fifteen years, half of the electricity used in Queensland will come from renewable sources. That will dramatically reduce greenhouse emissions and create thousands of new jobs for Queenslanders.
A win for the environment and the economy!