Local community leads the way in use of solar power – Recent data indicates the Wakefield electorate has the best uptake of solar technology statewide – with Angle Vale leading the way! This special report shows how we compare against localities around the region.
LOCAL residents are switching on to solar power at such a rate we are leading the state in acceptance of solar technology.
Figures released by solar facilitator Green Energy Trading (GET) show a third of houses in the Federal Wakefield electorate (33.7 per cent) have some form of solar power.
Angle Vale comes in first (postcode 5117), followed by Roseworthy, (5371) then Lewiston, Two Wells, Dublin, Long Plains, Avon and coastal towns like Middle Beach, (all in postcode 5501).
Mallala (5502) and Balaklava (5461) townships are also very solid users of solar photovoltaic systems (PV), achieving figures well above the electorate average.
Data sourced by GET from the Clean Energy Regulator, the Federal government body responsible for administering legislation to reduce carbon emissions and increase the use of clean energy, shows Wakefield was ahead of the State average of 29.1 per cent of total solar
And we eclipsed our nearest rival, the southern electorate of Kingston (29.8) by nearly four per cent. Adelaide was a low 14.9 and Sturt (the leafy suburbs) 18.4.
Anecdotal reports suggest solar uptake in wealthier regions is much lower than “mortgage belt” areas.
Postcodes were used to define the data, with information made available by the Climate Council, an independent group which provides authoritative information to the Australian public on climate change.
Angle Vale has 64.4 per cent of its total houses with solar installations.
Other big users of solar power included postcode 5410, Stockport area, (50 per cent).
Data also included information on the number of houses involved, sourced from the 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
Of 92,000 dwellings in Wakefield, 23,060 have solar panels, with just under 8,000 having solar hot water installations. Figures relate to the period ending January 31 this year.
Some areas – including 5520 (Snowtown) and 5510 (Lochiel) have no data available. No reason has been provided for this.
In the Balaklava postcode area (5461) 350 homes have solar panels and 109 are fitted with solar hot water for total of 459 from 1217 homes.
That’s just over 28 per cent using solar panels and 9 per cent on solar hot water for a 37 per cent total.
Mallala area (5502) has 218 houses using solar panels, 61 on solar hot water for an uptake of 279 from a total of 663 dwellings – or 42.1 per cent!
Gilbert Valley towns are also in love with the sun. Riverton has 42.5 per cent of homes using solar and nearby Saddleworth 37.2. Tiny Tarlee/Giles Corner has 41.5 per cent of homes using solar.
South Australia’s rooftop solar systems provide six per cent of the State’s renewable energy.
However, if the Federal government tinkers with the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme or wipes it out, energy use, even with solar panels, will be come more expensive as in the longer term prices will rise.
HOW THE RET SCHEME WORKS
The RET scheme is designed to ensure 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020.
Since January 2011 the RET scheme has operated in two parts—the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) and the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET).
SRES creates a financial incentive for households, small businesses and community groups to install eligible small-scale renewable energy systems such as solar water heaters, heat pumps, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, small-scale wind systems, or small-scale hydro systems.
The RET scheme creates a financial incentive for users through issuing Small-scale Technology Certificates (STCs), created at time of installation according to the amount of electricity produced.
SOLAR USE IN WAKEFIELD ELECTORATE