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Australian households on track to add near-record rooftop solar capacity to electricity grid
(The Guardian, 26 Sep 2023) Clean Energy Regulator says consumers looking to save money on energy but investment in large-scale wind and solar all but stalled
Households are on track to add three gigawatts of rooftop solar capacity to the electricity grid this year but investment in large-scale wind and solar remains all but stalled, according to the Clean Energy Regulator.
The regulator said 1.4GW of capacity, from almost 160,000 rooftop systems, was added to the grid in the first half of 2023, which chief executive and chair David Parker said showed consumers were looking to save money on their energy usage while reducing their carbon footprint.
“Australia has among the best solar resources in the world and households and businesses continue to install rooftop solar at world leading rates,” he said.
Three gigawatts would bring the amount of rooftop solar capacity added to the grid close to the 2021 record of 3.2GW.
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