Australia holds the potential to become a prominent global player in renewable energy. It has abundant natural resources, including vast land area, high solar irradiation levels, and extensive coastlines with strong wind patterns. This gives Australia the potential to harness solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources on a large scale.
To achieve this potential, Australia needs to invest in infrastructure and technology, such as transmission lines and energy storage technologies. This will help to integrate renewable energy into the grid and ensure that it is available when needed. Switching to renewable energy will provide Australia with a number of benefits, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions, increased energy security, and economic growth.
Renewable energy is sustainable power derived from naturally replenishing sources, such as sunlight, wind, and water, offering eco-friendly alternatives to fossil fuels for a greener future.
In the fiscal year 2020-2021, renewable energy sources constituted 8% of Australia’s total energy consumption.
Over the past decade, renewable electricity production has surged significantly. However, nearly 38% of Australia’s renewable energy consumption still relies on the combustion of biomass, including firewood and bagasse (sugar cane pulp residue).
|2020–21 PJ||2020–21 share (per cent)||2020–21 growth (per cent)||10 year average annual growth (per cent)|
|Biomass - wood and other (refer to notes below)||83.2||18.0||-2.7||-0.1|
|Biomass - bagasse||88.0||19.0||4.9||0.5|
|Municipal and industrial waste||4.6||1.0||14.8||na|
|Biogas - landfill gas||13.2||2.8||4.3||na|
|Biogas - other biogas||4.8||1.0||19.2||na|
|Biofuels - ethanol||4.9||1.1||-9.4||na|
|Biofuels - biodiesel||0.1||0.0||na||na|
|Biofuels - other liquid biofuels||1.2||0.2||1.6||na|
|Solar hot water||19.7||4.3||6.6||5.4|
Notes: includes wood waste, charcoal, sulphite lyes and other biomass na – not available
Source: Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (2022) Australian Energy Statistics, Table R
In 2021, Australia achieved a record-breaking 29% of its total electricity generation from renewable sources, encompassing solar (12%), wind (10%), and hydro (6%). This marked the highest-ever share of renewables in the nation’s electricity generation, surpassing the previous peak of 26% recorded in the mid-1960s.
The remarkable growth in renewable energy over the last decade can be largely attributed to solar and wind power, with small-scale solar generation experiencing a 29% surge in 2021 and an average annual growth of 28% in the past decade. Wind generation also expanded by 19% in 2021, maintaining a 15% yearly growth rate over the last ten years.
While hydro power output has remained relatively stable, large-scale solar generation has recently seen rapid expansion, growing from negligible levels before 2016 to contributing 4% of all Australian electricity generation in 2021, representing an impressive five-year growth rate of 1,747%.
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Environmental and Economic Benefits
Australia’s future is shaped by embracing renewable energy like solar and wind power, reducing the carbon footprint, and mitigating climate change effects through sustainable practices, ensuring environmental and economic benefits.
Simultaneously, these initiatives stimulate economic growth by creating jobs, particularly in regional areas where large-scale renewable projects are prevalent.
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In conclusion, Australia’s shift towards renewable energy is promising, driven by abundant resources and a growing commitment. Despite challenges, investments in large-scale projects boost the economy and create jobs. Renewables offer environmental benefits, reduce emissions, and reshape the global energy landscape, with Australia setting an inspiring example for a cleaner, sustainable future.
[Disclaimer: The blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional advice. For accurate and up-to-date information on renewable energy, refer to reputable sources and consult with experts in the field.]
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