RECORD numbers of Australians are taking advantage of solar energy and residents in Bamarang, west of Nowra are leading the way.
Amazingly the tiny location has come in among the top 20 across the nation for solar PV/solar hot water installation.
Research by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics shows that solar power is on target to becoming the area’s cheapest source of energy by 2030.
The latest research from the Solar Energy Council shows low and middle income earners in the suburbs and the bush are leading the charge to take up more solar.
But Australian Greens leader Christine Milne said maintaining and expanding Australia’s renewable energy target was essential if more Australians were to gain the benefits of solar.
“Far from watering down the RET, now is the time to set our sights on 100 per cent renewable energy, with a target of at least 50 per cent by 2030,” she said.
“We need to drive investment in renewable energy because it’s good for the environment, it’s good for local jobs, and it’s good for the community.
“Bamarang’s residents are already saving hundreds on their power bills, but we need the right policies to increase those savings and encourage investment in solar so that more people can benefit.
“A strong renewable energy target would provide incentives for big business to make solar even cheaper - that would create jobs and more savings for everyone.”