South Australia’s charge towards 100 percent renewable energy power got a fillip last year with the state reaching close to 70 percent renewable power on average, according to figures from the OpenNEM (National Energy Market) report.
The state, which has transformed its energy system from one per cent renewables in only 15 years, was on average, powered by nearly 68.3 percent renewable energy last financial year, an increase of seven percent from 2020/2021.
While the Australian Energy Market Regulator says officially that SA will be 100 percent renewable before 2030, on current rates of growth renewables will account for 100 percent of South Australian supply sometime in 2025.
Wind was the dominant power source last year supplying 45.2 percent of energy, followed by rooftop and utility solar
which supplied 23.1 percent.
Gas was the major fossil fuel source, accounting for 17.1 percent of generation, while coal is nearly irrelevant to the state’s energy supplies.
Energy imported from eastern states is the only area where coal still has a role – and imports were 10.7 per cent of the total last financial year.
Numerous records were broken during the year, according to the SA Department of Trade and Investment:
- On Easter Sunday (17 April) in the early hours of the morning wind alone supplied 136.6 percent of electricity demand
- In December last year an average of 79.3 percent of South Australia’s power came from wind and solar
- Over the six and a half days leading up to 29 December an average of more than 100 percent of the state’s electricity came from renewables
- And on 11 October last year South Australia became the first major power grid globally to run on 100 percent solar.
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Picture: Iberdrola/Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park
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