South Australia was, on average, powered by nearly 70 per cent renewable energy last financial year according to new data.
New data, released in the OpenNEM (National Energy Market) report, has highlighted an uptick to 68.3 per cent in renewables supply last year, an increase of 7 per cent from 2020/2021.
This means more than two thirds of the state’s power came from renewable energy created through wind (45.2 per cent) and solar (23.1 per cent).
Throughout the year records were made as the state took advantage of its abundance of wind and solar, including:
- On Easter Sunday (17 April) in the early hours of the morning wind alone supplied 136.6 per cent of electricity demand
- In December last year an average of 79.3 per cent 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 per cent of the state’s electricity came from renewables
- On 27 November last year 150 per cent of the state’s middle of the day electricity needs were supplied by wind and solar
- On 28 November last year 110 per cent of the state’s middle of the day electricity needs were supplied by wind and solar
- On 11 October last year South Australia became the first major power grid globally to run on 100 per cent solar
As more and more renewable energy projects come online, it is forecast to be an even bigger year in 2022/2023.
The South Australian Government will expand on South Australia’s world leading renewable energy with its $593 million Hydrogen Jobs Plan.