Locals lead way on solar panels
NORTHERN suburbs postcodes 6065 and 6030 are in the top 10 areas in WA for solar panel installations.
According to the Curtin Economics Centre, the 6065 postcode, which includes Wanneroo and surrounding suburbs, had the second highest number of installations at 7671 in 2017, behind Mandurah on 10,566.
The 6030 postcode, which includes Mindarie, Clarkson, Quinns Rocks, Merriwa and Ridgewood, ranked 10th, with 4413 installations.
The centre’s latest report, Power to the People: WA’s Energy Future, examined the state of WA’s energy industry and the key challenges, risks and policy issues facing the industry.
Centre director and report author Professor Alan Duncan said the report revealed the extent of energy poverty in the state.
“WA households are now spending an average of $1791 on energy each year, which can account for more than 10 per cent of household spending for low-income families,” he said.
“While rooftop solar power is a solution for many households seeking to deal with rising electricity costs, low-income households are only one-quarter as likely to have rooftop solar as those with median wealth.”
The report also found that WA has been slow in adopting large-scale renewable energy technologies, with the majority of renewable energy generated by rooftop solar systems installed on homes.