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The John James newsletter this week collated a number of statistics about the Australian take up of solar energy
Australians have invested $8 billion of their own money in rooftop solar over the last 8 years, and they now save around $1 billion in electricity bills each year 
Rooftop solar systems will prevent over 6.3 million tonnes of carbon pollution in 2016 
There are now 19,000 people employed in the solar industry, far more than in coal and gas electricity generation 
If we transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 we’d actually save $90 billion 
Editor, John James commented, “Seems like solar is working pretty well”
 Solar Citizens, p.13-14; http://reneweconomy.com.au/2016/come-cuppa-craig-kelly-lets-talk-solar-58000
 Solar Citizens, July 2016; http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/columns/spinifex/follow-the-money-australias-solar-gold-rush-is-unstoppable/83019
 Guardian, 19 April 2016 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/19/modelling-shows-move-to-100-renewable-energy-would-save-australia-money
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