We have heard much about solar energy in the past, but not as significant as this latest update regarding this renewable energy tech.
On the 11th of October, between mid-day and 1 pm, South Australia successfully fulfilled its entire power needs through solar energy. It was marked as a big news and another significant achievement for the renewable energy sector.
The news has added up to many other favorable factors already present for solar energy applicability at large, such as climate change, rapid advances in technological growth, and surprisingly low cost per megawatt.
On the day of achievement, rooftop solar systems mainly helped in much of the energy supply, and the weather was just perfect as well. The temperatures were mild and clear skies made the situation even more favorable.
In the previous year, around 2500 solar systems were installed in South Australia, and it is said one in three homes were already using it. This makes the stats go up to a total of 288,000 rooftop units that can produce up to 992 MW collectively.
The overall capacity doesn’t end here; another 313 MW is produced using other large-scale solar facilities.
Managing Director and CEO of the Australian Energy Market, Audrey Zibelman, stated the successful integration and domination of rooftop solar energy units in Australia as the rebuilding of jurisdictional powers. He said that never a place equal to the size of South Australia had been entirely run on solar energy systems.
Apart from this, initially, they had hit the milestone of producing 900 MW from rooftop solar units in September. Given the solar energy experts forecasts as true regarding its cheap costs and future production capacities, it could surely provide a source for clean energy.
Zibelman said that Australia had witnessed a surge in rooftop solar installations. And the energy sector foresees another 36,000 new rooftop solar units installed in the coming year.
This much of the units installed will make it see zero demand from South Australia’s grid, as the solar systems will be backing that part of Australia entirely. Seeing this achievement is a hope for the rest of the world to switch towards clean and environment-friendly energy sources in the coming years.