Solar energy surge after SA blackouts

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Installations of solar panels in South Australia have surged since the statewide blackout, according to Solar Citizens.

The group released analysis of Clean Energy Regulator data, which revealed South Australians had invested $22.6 million in rooftop solar from October to December last year.

Installations from July to December last year jumped 21 per cent compared to the first six months of the year, which corresponds with price spikes experienced in the state in July.

“South Australians are sending a clear message with their wallets that they see clean solar power as a key part of the solution to rising energy costs and power security while tackling climate change,” South Australia campaigner at Solar Citizens Dan Spencer said.

“While politicians attacked the state’s clean energy leadership, South Australians took action at home, investing $22 million of their own money into making our power cleaner and cheaper at a higher installation rate than before the September blackout.

“With solar and storage becoming cheaper and more affordable every day it’s no surprise ordinary South Australians have looked to clean energy while South Australia’s power has been in the headlines.”

The top five suburbs for solar installation since the blackout were located in regional or outer suburban areas with incomes below the South Australian average, according to Australian Tax Office data.

The regional suburb of Waitpinga led the way followed closely by Smithfield Plains, Salisbury North, Angas Plains and Morphett Vale.