Solar energy is a trend on the rise for homes in Western Australia for a few very good reasons. A 2017 survey found that 10 of the top 20 suburbs adopting solar power across Australia are from Western Australia, with the WA suburbs of Wanneroo, Mandurah and Armadale topped the chart.
Renew Energy are huge advocates of renewable energy – it’s in our name after all – so we though it important to show why exactly Western Australians are so ready to adopt solar energy.
What has caused this solar adoption?
There are two main reasons for the rising popularity of solar: both the drop in the cost of solar systems due to lessened research and technology costs and ever-rising power bills are seeing homeowners look for alternate energy sources, with solar power being the first choice for most. These factors have ensured that the 33 percent increase in solar installation experienced during 2017 is only increasing in 2018.
As further evidence of rising power bills, the national energy market regulator in late 2016 predicted that Western Australian households would see a 7 percent increase in power prices over the following two years. This huge hike is due to ever-increasing wholesale energy costs, costs which are not set to fall anytime soon.
Building of renewable communities
It is also the community in Western Australia that is getting behind renewables and climate change. 2017 also saw in excess of 40 interest groups uniting in Western Australia to call for much needed action on climate change.
The group, comprised of doctors, farmers and church groups, requested the government to commit to a renewable energy target of 100 per cent by 2030. In an interview with the ABC, general practitioner Richard Yin states that "the target is ambitious, but it's been modelled as being possible and it's been modelled in such a way we believe it can be achieved."
"Everything has a cost,” Dr Yin goes on to say. “To not proceed down this line has an effect on our climate, to not proceed has a health impact, the combustion from coal kills many thousands of people in Australia each year and the estimated cost is about $2.6 billion in terms of our health cost."
Join the renewable community in Western Australia today
If you’re one of the many homes looking to make the move to renewables, there has never been a better time. Get in touch with the team at Renew Energy to ask any questions or discover what the best setup for your house is today.