Solar energy powered 100% the state of South Australia

According to the available records, solar energy was discovered at random in 1839. This was when a French physicist realized that the exposure of platinum or silver electrodes to light gave rise to the photovoltaic effect. Thus, this serendipity led to the use of one of the most important sources of sustainable energy known to date.

For the first time in a state of this size, South Australia was 100% powered by the sun’s energy.


Solar energy fully powered South Australia

Increasingly, it is intended that people opt for cleaner and more environmentally friendly energies. One of these energies, and very old, is solar energy, which uses the energy of the Sun to generate useful energy. Over the years, solar energy has brought together many supporters and, in modern houses, it is almost unthinkable not to put panels, for retention and use of sunlight.

In that sense, for the first time in a state of this size, South Australia has seen 100 percent of its energy needs met with solar energy. Of these, 77% came from solar systems installed in the homes of citizens operated by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

In the premiere that took place this month, the state managed to be from 12pm to 1pm local to sustain itself only through solar energy. So it represents a clear global landmark.

South Australia conducive to being powered solely by energy from the Sun

Despite having more and more fans, solar energy is particularly popular in South Australia due to the abundance of sunlight that Australians from that state are presented with. So, it is obvious that citizens want to adhere to this clean and, for them, so profitable energy.

In fact, this year alone panels were installed in about 2,500 homes, with a total of 228,000 roofs equipped. So, all together, they were able to deliver 992 megawatts during the hour when solar power fed the entire state of South Australia. In this case, solar installations contributed 313 megawatts.

Never before has a jurisdiction the size of South Australia been completely run on solar energy, with consumers' solar systems contributing 77%.

Said Audrey Zibelman, Managing Director and CEO of AEMO.

Photovoltaic power plant

An experience to be massified

So far, solar systems have only managed to meet 89% of the state's energy needs. There, home systems provided 900 megawatts.

AEMO is forecasting another 36,000 new solar systems on the roofs in the next 14 months. This will mean that South Australia's network will see zero needs, since rooftop solar systems will be able to satisfy 100 percent of energy demand alone. This is truly a phenomenon in the global energy landscape.

This Zibelman.

After that, the objective is that the use of this energy becomes sufficiently consistent, so that it can be implemented on a large scale, as done at that time.

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