Australians take to solar despite government discouragement

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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 [1]

Rooftop solar systems will prevent over 6.3 million tonnes of carbon pollution in 2016 [2]

There are now 19,000 people employed in the solar industry, far more than in coal and gas electricity generation [3]

If we transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 we’d actually save $90 billion [5]

Editor, John James commented, “Seems like solar is working pretty well”

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/22/australians-have-spent-almost-8bn-on-rooftop-solar-since-2007-says-report

[2] Solar Citizens, p.13-14; http://reneweconomy.com.au/2016/come-cuppa-craig-kelly-lets-talk-solar-58000

[3] Solar Citizens, July 2016; http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/columns/spinifex/follow-the-money-australias-solar-gold-rush-is-unstoppable/83019

[4] 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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