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Australia Extends Solar Dominance With Panel Every 44 Seconds

  • Australians have installed 3 million solar systems to date
  • Nation is world leader in per-capita solar installations
Workers install solar panels onto the rooftop of a residential property in Sydney, earlier in May. 
Workers install solar panels onto the rooftop of a residential property in Sydney, earlier in May. Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg

While the Australian government has dragged its feet on committing to a net-zero climate target in one of the world’s biggest fossil fuel exporters, the nation’s 10 million households are picking up some of the slack.

More than 3 million rooftop solar systems have now been installed and 2021 is on track to be another record year, the Clean Energy Council said Tuesday. The rate of uptake means a panel is being installed every 44 seconds on average, helping consumers lower power bills, reducing pressure on the grid during the summer peak and cutting emissions, Chief Executive Officer Kane Thornton said in the statement.