We all know that Australia gets real bloody hot. But what you may not know is that Australia has higher levels of solar radiation per square metre than any other continent in the entire world. Its intense sunlight is an extremely rich source of solar energy, and even though the highest concentration of solar radiation is found in the dry, desert regions of central Australia, the sunlight throughout our entire country is an abundant resource that should be harnessed for its incredible solar power potential for both water and electricity.
You might be wondering just how much power Australia’s sunlight could generate. To put this into perspective, Australia’s population consumes 5,800 PJ of Solar energy annually, while our sun generates 58,000,000 PJ of Solar energy every year. That’s ten thousand times more Solar energy than we use, and more power than we could ever need. However, solar panels currently account for less than 0.1% of Australia’s primary energy usage. This is a disappointing figure considering the wealth of natural, sustainable energy that we have available to us through extreme sunlight.
Furthermore, a significant percentage of Australia’s solar power usage comes from remote areas of the outback, where rural properties require reliable off-grid Solar systems and use solar panels to generate power where traditional supplies are not available. But solar power should not just be harnessed by those with no other option – it is the obligation of every Australian household to recognise the value of our sunlight and invest in the future of sustainable energy. It’s also an added bonus that solar panels are a financial investment as well as an environmental one, considering that they dramatically reduce the long-term cost of future electricity bills and immediately increase the market value of your home.
Sydney is Australia’s largest city, boasting an impressive population of more than 4.5 million people. That’s roughly 20% of our country’s entire population. In a sparsely populated continent like ours, it is critical that major cities like Sydney take the lead when it comes to Solar panel installations, paving the way for smaller towns to follow suit and convert to solar power. Even if every single household in Sydney added a basic 270W panel to their roof, Australia’s overall carbon footprint would dramatically decrease, and the difference in energy consumption would be palpable.
If you live in Sydney or own a property in the buzzing capital of New South Wales, you should definitely consider installing solar panels as soon as possible. It is also important to position these panels correctly so that they generate maximum power under Aussie sun – that is, at a 90 degree angle to the direction of sunlight. In Sydney, this often aligns with the north-facing section of your roof, but proper placement can be determined after a thorough solar output potential evaluation of your home. Think critically about the sustainability of your energy consumption and the wealth of gorgeous sunlight available to us here in Sydney – it doesn’t take a genius to realise that one can greatly benefit the other!
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