At the end of September, the combined output of wind and solar matched the output of coal and gas.
When combined with hydro power and batteries, renewable sources provided 51% of net electricity demand in Australia.
The record was set when solar energy performs at its peak – around 1pm. As our storage facilities increase, and we connect more renewable energy sources to the grid, the share will dramatically increase.
Solar is increasing its share as some coal plants are operating at reduced capacity due to age and imminent closure. With growing concern about a greener energy future, the scales will likely continue to favour renewable energy growth.
In this record, Queensland reached its lowest level of black coal generation in 16 years. Queensland has the most rooftop and large-scale solar in Australia, so this low may continue to drop further into the year.
If you would like to learn how your household can contribute to a greener future and cheaper energy bill, feel free to contact us for a free, no-obligation quote for your own solar system.