Lo­cals lead way on so­lar pan­els

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

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.

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