Aug 5, 2013 - The number rooftop solar plants in Australia has exceeded one million, as compared to 8,000 in 2007, ans now 11% of the country's population use solar energy, a report of the Australian Climate Commission says.
According to the Solar Energy report, about 2.6 million Australian residents have equipped their homes with solar power systems, which is 11% of the country's total population. Installations have been driven by the falling prices of photovoltaic (PV) facilities, which at the moment are less than a quarter of prices 10 years ago.
The "solar revolution", as Climate Commission chief Tim Flannery calls it, is driven by people on fixed income and large mortgages who are not willing to see their electricity bills growing each year, the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) said on Monday.
By state, Queensland has the most rooftop PV plants installed, followed by New South Wales and Victoria.
According to the report, 29% of Australia's power consumption will be sourced from solar power by 2050.
Veselina Petrova is one of Renewables Now's most experienced green energy writers. For several years she has been keeping track of game-changing events both large and small projects and across the globe.