Go Solar in 2019

It’s not widely known but Sydney’s Inner West has one of the lowest penetrations of rooftop residential solar in Australia. That’s what Inner West Community Energy is working hard to remedy… along with other groups, of course. We’re all doing what we can.

In 2019, we want more and more solar installers climbing ladders and putting solar on the rooftops of the Inner West. We want more vistas like this, with adjacent houses covered in solar.

According to the Australian PV Institute, the adoption of residential PV in the Inner West Council area stands at only 8.1%, one of the lowest of any local government area in Australia. Canada Bay is marginally better, at 9.1%. In Burwood it’s 9.9% and in Strathfield it’s 11 per cent.

That’s the bad news on solar, in our community. Inner West Community Energy would like to see 30% of all houses and apartment buildings with solar… and that would be just the start.

So if you’re sitting there over the holiday season wondering what you can do to cut your power bills dramatically, while doing your bit to tackle carbon pollution driving climate change, get in touch.

Or if you can’t afford solar right now, or you rent, but you’d like to help, don’t hold back. Get in touch. We need more volunteers.

Now for the good news on solar. We need to lift our perspective. The year just coming to an end has been a HUGE year for solar across Australia.

I’m indebted to Renew Economy (www.reneweconomy.com.au) for these three facts about solar in Australia in 2018. The full article has more.

First, 21.6% of Australian homes now have solar PV, the highest rate for residential rooftop PV in the world. Australian households have strongly supported solar photovoltaics over the past decade as a means to reduce their bills and emissions from electricity consumption, making Australia a world leader in household PV uptake.

Second, electricity generated from distributed PV grew 33% year-on-year. The growth of residential and commercial solar PV in Australia is making a noticeable impact on the energy system in Australia. While the federal government sits on its hands on energy and climate policy, households and businesses are investing in solar like never before.

This growth is expected to continue this coming year and beyond with the growth of large-scale commercial solar projects.

Third, 2018 is set to be a record year for total solar installs with 3300 megawatts worth of solar PV installed in the 12 months. That’s a lot, much bigger than the nameplate maximum output of the biggest coal-fired power station in Australia.

lucas picIf you want to go solar in the next few months, or can help us help others go solar, get in touch.