Australia has one natural resource that every visitor feels from the moment they arrive: Sunshine. Many Australian cities bask in extensive hours of sunlight a year, with up to 11 peak hours of uninterrupted sunshine a day.
Not surprisingly, the country’s remarkably high levels of solar radiance are being widely harvested for solar power to help address the issue of climate change and the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions.
The trend for rooftop solar panels has gathered momentum in recent years, driven by reduced costs, better storage technologies, and government financial incentives. Payback periods for rooftop solar panels are now just 3.4 years for a 7-kilowatt (kW) system, encouraging thousands more Australians to switch to solar to cut their energy bills.
More than 310,000 households installed rooftop solar systems in 2022 alone, bringing the total number of Australian homes powered by rooftop solar panels to around 3.4 million, or one in three households, according to the Melbourne-based Clean Energy Council. Rooftop solar panels now account for more than a quarter of the national renewable energy generation.
The spread of rooftop solar panels has put Australia on course to generate an impressive 82% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030 as more consumers move away from fossil fuel-reliant forms of energy.