“South Australia aims to reach 100 per cent ‘net renewables’ within a few years – over a full year,” Giles Parkinson wrote this week in Renew Economy, “but in the past week it has already done better than that.” Parkinson reported that the region has in fact been averaging 104.1 per cent of consumer demand over the seven days prior filled by renewable sources.
The state of South Australia (pop. 1.7m) has been inspiring the world with its progress in fulfilling that region’s energy needs with renewable energy for some time. Australia is a huge coal producing nation but is innovating in all kinds of ways the rest of the world can take heart in seeing. In just one example, this Summer the Google/Meta/Stripe combined entity called Frontier made its first massive purchase ($925M) of Direct Air Capture services from a solar-powered facility in South Australia.
Presumably critics will site the region’s unusual access to sunshine and wind, saying that not everyone has such resources. It’s hard to stand in the middle of an oil-based economy and take that as the last word, though.
So if you need examples of places in the world that are making dramatic progress toward fully renewable energy at scale: remember South Australia!
I’m sure readers here have some thoughts and feelings about South Australia; it’s come up again and again in our solutions coverage in Exponential View, for example.
What lessons, inspirations, or concerns come to your mind regarding the important work being done in South Australia regarding transition to renewables?