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Don’t be a fossil fool: join the solar energy revolution!

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Rashini Suriyaarachchi

Low emissions, low water consumption, no waste, 100% renewable and increasingly affordable… Interested? Here’s what you need to know to go solar.

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In the last decade, solar technology has gone from fringe to mainstream. According to the Clean Energy Council, over two million Australians have switched to solar – and are saving about half a billion dollars a year because of it. And there’s more to come – Solar Choice say another million homes will use solar energy by the end of this year.

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Why solar?

Not only do renewables provide clean, reliable energy sources that help wean Australia off our dirty fossil fuel habit, renewable energy generation has enormous potential for Australia.

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Thankfully, the upfront costs of solar panels are decreasing. The Clean Energy Council says solar panels being installed on rooftops today are more than 500 times less expensive to produce than the solar cells of the 50’s, leading to the large uptake of solar panels by families in low-to middle-income suburbs. And those who are unable to go solar shouldn’t feel left out, because renewables are also playing a role in driving down energy prices for all Australians.

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Not only are solar panels becoming more affordable, they’re helping create thousands of jobs around the country. In 2013, over 18,000 Australians were employed in the solar industry across 4,300 businesses, many of them small family firms.

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With clean energy becoming a viable and affordable option for consumers, it’s time to truly embrace the place renewables hold in Australia’s future.

How do I get started using solar energy?

Going solar may seem like a daunting task – that’s why we’ve put together a list of the essential guides that will help you get started. Take a look!

With millions of Australians joining the solar energy revolution in the last few years, it’s clear that solar power is in Australia’s future. But like all revolutions – this movement is facing stiff opposition from those with business interests in the dirty fossil fuel industry. You can help: tell your energy supplier not to the pull the plug on solar today!

 

Blog post by: Rashini Suriyaarachchi
Rashini Suriyaarachchi is the Digital Assistant at Greenpeace Australia Pacific.
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  • http://www.laughingmind.com/ Brian Hill

    Nice work Rashini :-) Bear in mind also that there also need to be solar life options for people who might not own their own home, who might be renting or mobile and wanting to use the sun to power at least some of their energy needs. In my business, I experiment with, sell and support GoalZero solar generators and portable power products at http://store.laughingmind.com targeting the power needs of digital nomads, which are equally useful for renters looking for portable power generation options.

    In my case, I use a Solar Generator to provide my mobile office and refrigeration needs, with portable panels that can easily be carried and stored – the trick is making sure you match your energy demands with the right products – I’ve got a useful reference table set up at http://www.laughingmind.com/energy-autonomy.html to help see how the power demands of different devices work out.

    There is also an excellent guide to off-grid resources coming up in the Alternative Technology Associations Renew Magazine -see http://renew.org.au/current-issue/

    • Rashini

      That’s a very good point, Brian! I know solar leasing is becoming more and more popular in the US, but it’s great that there are similar options for Australians who are renting or on the move.

      Thanks so much for sharing all those great resources! If anyone else is interested, here’s a great article about solar leasing from Solar Choice: http://www.solarchoice.net.au/blog/is-a-solar-leasing-program-right-for-you/

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