Renewables bring 19.5% of Australia's power in Aug 2017
The White Rock wind farm. Source: Windhoist
Renewable power plants in Australia were responsible for 19.5% of the country’s total electricity last month, or enough to meet the demand of 8.2 million homes.
The generated power for the National Electricity Market and Western Australian Electricity Market was enough to cover the needs of 75% of the country's households, shows data from Australia’s renewable energy index, produced by research and advisory firm Green Energy Markets.
The following table gives a breakdown of renewable power output by source in August:
Power generation (in GWh)
As of the end of August, Australia had 3,411 MW of renewable energy plants under construction, of which 1,883 MW are wind and 1,502 MW are solar. The number of large-scale facilities increased to 56 from 53 as of end-July.
The rooftop solar segment also made a contribution with the number of newly-installed small-scale facilities rising to 15,225 in August from 14,466 in July. These plants produced enough electricity to supply about 25,559 households.
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