The Rise of Renewable Technology in Australia

Renewable technology is on the rise in Australia. More communities are adopting sustainable energy sources and cleaner processes to lessen humanity’s impact on the planet.

According to the Clean Energy Council, a total of 38 renewable energy projects with 2,333-megawatt capacity were completed in 2018. Another 14.8 GW of generation was under construction or financially backed, which represented over 13,000 new jobs and $24.5 billion in investments in renewables.

Today, Australia utilises several renewable technologies that are in near-constant development. Connect Electric wants to share some of the methods that are used that could help change our future for the better.

Wind Energy

When it comes to large-scale energy production, wind is one of the cheapest renewable options out there. The turning of blades on enormous turbines produces electricity that is connected to the grid.

Improvements have given us “smarter” versions of a basic turbine. By adjusting rotor diameter and height along with other technology, we can reduce the number of turbines needed to generate the same amount of energy.

Wind farms produced 33.5% of Australia’s clean energy in 2018. That was a little over 7% of all electricity used throughout the country.

Solar Power

Solar power provides an even more adaptable option that can be used to meet large and small scale needs. While it may be impossible to install turbines in your yard, solar panels can be attached to homes or other structures.

They provide a renewable solution that can supply energy at the point of demand. This eliminates the need to transport power over long distances through expensive infrastructure.

Small scale solar systems of up to 100 kW generated nearly 20% of all clean energy in Australia in 2018 and 4.2% of all electricity produced.

Hydroelectricity

Hydroelectricity (hydro) isn’t a new idea. It’s been in use for over 100 years. This process harnesses the momentum of flowing water to rotate a turbine that’s attached to a generator. The amount of electricity produced is based on the height and volume of water.

Large hydro stations are housed inside dams. No water is consumed in the process, so every drop is returned to the river after it is used.

The downside to hydro is that the amount of electricity produced can vary based on rainfall and energy consumption. Hydro made 35.2% of all clean energy and 7.5% of all electricity in Australia in 2018.

Australia Leads the Way in Renewable Technology

Australia is currently the fastest-growing producer of renewable energy in the world. The country is growing its sustainable energy industry more than three times faster than Germany, which is the next fastest country on the list.

Even though investment money spent dropped in 2019, the generation capacity continued to increase. Reductions in the cost of construction may have been a factor, allowing for systems to be built cheaper than previous years.

The appeal of renewable technology isn’t going away. Many predict high installation rates for the foreseeable future. This is also supported by state government programs that encourage the use of sustainable energy.

If you have questions about renewable technology, let us know. Connect Electric can help you learn more about solar power and how it can reduce your expenses and your impact on the environment.

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