Top Performing Renewables We’ll See More This Year
While the 2020-21 Australian budget was named a missed opportunity to clean energy organisations for renewables, momentum from recent years hasn’t ceased. Which means renewables are more efficient than ever before!
Small-scale solar systems and wind farms both led the way last year, as the renewable energy sources in Australia that produced the highest amount of clean energy in Australia.
In 2020, 27.7% of Australia’s electricity generation came from renewable sources with a total of 62,917 in clean energy. Wind energy generated 35.9% of this sum, while small-scale solar generated 23.5%.
There was a large boost in clean energy usage, even during the challenging times of COVID-19 in the 2019-20 period.
This year, renewable energy systems are continuing to ramp up as more Australian households have discovered the savings and environmental benefits that these systems bring.
Renewable energy in Australia hasn’t stopped there. In the solar energy industry particularly, new developments and breakthroughs in technology has enabled greater efficiency for storage, and therefore energy use. Such developments break new grounds for possibilities behind how Australia’s energy industry can look like in the future.
As a company in the renewable sector, we’ve witnessed the growing use and developments of clean energy. And we’re happy to share them with you, to give you more insight into where renewable energy is heading in Australia.
- Wind Energy Farms
Wind energy in Australia is one of our most abundant resources, collected from wind turbines grouped together to create ‘wind farms’. Wind was the top performer in renewable energy in 2020, generating the highest amount of renewable energy with 22,605 GWh. However, it’s not a continuous energy solution as windy weather cannot be predicted. Therefore, it is extremely important to choose the right location for this technology.
- Solar Energy Systems
Solar energy systems have allowed homeowners to join in on the mission of moving towards clean energy. Small-scale solar PV systems generated 14, 807 GWh and were the 2nd top performing renewable energy system last year.
There was an 18% increase in solar residential installations in 2020, and experts believe it’s growth will continue as more and more people are looking to save and take advantage of the small-scale technology certificate scheme. Solar System Pty Ltd can give you more information about how a residential solar energy system can help you save on your energy bills, with a free on-site assessment and quote.
- Solar Energy Battery Storage
Many Australian homes with solar already have solar batteries in place to make the most of the power that their panels are generating. What we’re talking about here is major utility-scale batteries, installed and stored in large facilities. Many energy companies have announced or are in the development stages of these large solar battery facilities, that can store large amounts of solar energy. In the future, with more investments, experts believe it can be an apt solution for replacing coal and gas fuelled power plants. Solar System Pty Ltd provides solar batteries, suitable for both grid and off-grid installations. You can get in touch with one of our installers to find out more about how your home or business can benefit from a solar battery installation today.
- Hydrogen Energy Development
More investments were made by both the Federal Government with a $2 billion proposal, as well as States and Territories, into hydrogen energy. However, while there can be green hydrogen with no fossil fuels used in the process, blue hydrogen is created from fossil fuels. Most hydrogen, as of 2020, was produced by fossil fuels. Therefore, blue hydrogen power plants also require a solution to capture carbon in the atmosphere. As hydrogen production also converts carbon, it’s known as a zero emission solution for energy production. However, with Australia’s unique abundance of solar and wind energy, it’s still a topic of debate between different experts and organisations whether it was the right investment into renewable energy.
Investing into renewables is always a prospect that is rewardable, both economically and for the environment. Solar System Pty Ltd is one of the leading solar system installers in New South Wales. Find out how we’ve helped home and business owners make the most of their location’s natural sunlight.