SA leading the way in renewable energy: report

SA leading the way in renewable energy: report

A new Climate Council report comparing state-by-state renewable energy and climate change policies has shown that South Australia is leading the nation in renewable energy investment while Victoria steadily goes backwards.

The report, Australia’s Renewable Energy Race: Which States are Winning or Losing?, shows that while Australian households are embracing renewable energy, state enthusiasm and support for the renewables varies wildly.

South Australia leads the nation in renewable energy with the most favourable investment environment of any state.

More than a quarter of South Australian homes have solar PV installed, the largest percentage of solar homes in the country, while 36% of SA electricity comes from renewables, the highest percentage if any state.

But Victoria and NSW are going backward – despite having 57% of the population, Victoria and NSW only have 40% of renewable energy jobs.

NSW comes last among the states for new per capita investment in renewable energy, while Victoria’s restrictive policy environment has cost the state an estimated $4 billion in lost investment and 3,000 jobs.

“Renewables create jobs and can reduce the cost of power as well as reducing greenhouse emissions,” said report author Professor Tim Flannery.

“South Australia is reaping the benefits of its 2011 Renewable Energy Plan that explicitly set out to make the state the most attractive investment destination for renewable energy by offering incentives including support for community-owned solar.”

Professor Flannery has also called on states to embrace renewable energy, as the government attempts to reduce the Renewable Energy Target (RET).

“With the federal government seeking to weaken the national RET, the states and territories have a prime opportunity to help Australia keep pace with international investment and uptake of renewable electricity,” he said.

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