The Clean Energy Council anticipates big opportunities ahead for renewable energy following the release of the key findings of the Clean Energy Australia Report.
Chief Executive of the council, Kane Thornton, said 2014 was one of the toughest years for the renewable energy sector. But with a bipartisan deal on the Renewable Energy Target now agreed between the major parties and legislation being debated in Parliament, the future for the sector was looking much brighter.
Some of the key findings coming out of the report include:
- 13.47 per cent of Australia's electricity came from renewable sources in 2014, enough to power 4.5 million average homes for a year.
- Hydro (6.2 per cent of Australia’s total power generation) still produced the most clean energy of any source, while wind power (4.2 per cent) and solar power (2.1 per cent) continued to grow.
- Bundaberg in Queensland was Australia’s solar capital in 2014, followed by Mandurah in Western Australia and Hervey Bay, which is just over 100 km from Bundaberg.
- Approximately 40 per cent of South Australia’s power came from renewable energy during 2014, while about 95 per cent of the electricity used by Tasmanians came from renewables. The next best was Western Australia (13 per cent).
The Clean Energy Australia Report 2014 is available on the Clean Energy Council website.