South Australia’s
place in the sun

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has found that South Australia leads the nation in residences with renewable electricity systems, with an increase of 352 per cent between 2010 and 2012.
  The ABS found that 16 per cent (120,477) of South Australian residences had renewable electricity systems, such as solar panels, in 2012.
  This was followed by Queensland on 14 per cent (260,307) and Western Australia on 11 per cent (102,142).
  
Leading solar State
The report found the average amount of renewable electricity generated by residences over the period had increased for all States.
  Director of the ABS Centre of Environment Statistics, Peter Williams said Queensland led the other States in renewable electricity generated (and exported from the residence) with an average of 1,513 kWh per residence in 2012, a 213 per cent increase from 2010.
  The report also showed that the average amount of electricity supplied to residences without renewable electricity systems had decreased over the same period. Tasmania was the State with the largest decrease (17 per cent) between 2010 and 2012.
  Despite this decline, Tasmanian residences without renewable electricity systems were on average the largest electricity consumers (7,324 kWh) of all States in 2012, while the State that consumed the least amount of electricity in 2012 was Victoria (4,793 kWh).
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