Words by Abi Scaife
South Australia has hit an exciting new green milestone!
What is it??
From December 12 to 19 the state of South Australia was powered entirely by green energy! According to National Energy Market data, wind and solar energy contributed to 103.5% of the state’s requirement for that week.
That sounds amazing!
Doesn’t it just! While gas still contributed to 5.9% of electricity when renewables were not enough during points in the night, this is a huge milestone - one that has never been seen in the country before.
What does this mean for the future of renewables in Australia?
While we aren’t all the way there yet, this is a huge stepping stone on the road to going green. Head of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre at Victoria University, Bruce Mountain said that he believes renewables could power the state for a month as early as next year.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate just how far we have come, and look forward to a greener future!