Bundaberg has come out as the nation's leader in residential rooftop solar after a recent report found 15,600 homes in the region were powered by the sun.
Postcodes across Queensland have been compared to determine which areas have the most residential rooftop solar, with Bundaberg leading the way not only throughout the state, but the whole of Australia.
Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said the news came as the button was switched to “on” for the Bargara Battery Project.
The new community battery, located at 18 School Lane, will capture and store cheaper and cleaner energy, bringing down power prices and reducing the region's carbon footprint.
“The Bundaberg community’s investment into rooftop solar has been matched by the Palaszczuk Government’s investment into battery storage which has been highlighted by this week’s announcement of the Bargara Battery Project coming online,” Mr Smith said.
“It means greater storage of excess power during the day ready to be pumped back into the grid during high demand in the evening.”
Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said a new solar system was connected every 11 minutes in Queensland.
“Queensland not only leads the nation but also the world in rooftop solar,” he said.
“While rooftop solar supplied 8.9 per cent of Queensland’s total energy needs last financial year, in the middle of the day it can represent more than 40 per cent of generation.”
Overall Queensland continues to be the nation leader in rooftop solar, outstripping the other states with almost 88,000 more installations than its nearest rival, New South Wales.
Queensland top 10 solar postcodes
1. 4670 (Bundaberg) = 15,600 solar households
2. 4655 (Hervey Bay) = 14,000 solar households
3. 4551 (Caloundra) = 12,800 solar households
4. 4350 (Toowoomba) = 12,200 solar households
5. 4740 (Mackay) = 11,600 solar households
6. 4300 (Springfield) = 10,300 solar households
7. 4207 (Beenleigh/Logan Village) = 10,200 solar households
8. 4211 (Nerang) = 10,200 solar households
9. 4209 (Coomera) = 9,390 solar households
10. 4305 (Ipswich) 9,350 solar households
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said homes were generating more solar power than two of the state's largest power stations combined.
“Together, Queensland homes account to over 3.5 GW capacity,” she said.
“That’s more than Queensland's two largest power stations combined (Gladstone 1,680MW, Stanwell 1,460MW).
“I want to thank every Queenslander who has helped lower electricity prices and our carbon footprint by installing solar panels on their home – your home is powering the state.”