The equivalent of just under half of South Australia’s power was produced by its wind farms across last week as both it and Victoria smashed previous records for wind power during the blustery conditions.
Clean Energy Council Policy Director Russell Marsh said SA’s wind farms produced the equivalent of 48 per cent of the state’s power needs over the week beginning 11 August, while Victoria’s wind farms hit 10 per cent for the first time.
“The national figures are impressive as well, with wind power providing a record 7.6 per cent of all power generated across the entire National Electricity Market last week. This is the equivalent of powering more than 2.3 million homes during that period.
“Wind power is currently the least expensive kind of renewable energy that can be rolled out on a large scale, and will be important to help us reach our target of 20 per cent renewable energy by 2020,” he said.
During the week beginning 11 August, wind power provided record amounts of power in Australia:
- South Australia’s wind farms provided enough power for the equivalent of 48 per cent of the state’s power during the week
- Victoria’s wind farms provided the equivalent of 10 per cent of the state’s power for the first time over this period
- Wind farms across the country produced a record 7.6 per cent of the power demand in the National Electricity Market. This is the equivalent of powering more than 2.3 million Australian homes during this period
- Tasmania and NSW had their second and third highest levels of wind power generation on record for the week in question