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You can use renewable energy to power your home either by installing a solar system or purchasing GreenPower through your energy supplier.
South Australia is leading the nation with the highest percentage of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed per dwelling, more than any other state or territory. Statistics published on the Australian PV Institute website show about 28% of South Australian dwellings have a solar PV system, which is about the same percentage as the City of Marion.
The cost of installing solar systems is coming down quickly. Once installed, they will reduce your power bills and improve the value of your home – not to mention reduce your greenhouse gases emissions!
If installing a solar system isn’t an option, consider switching to GreenPower. It’s an easy and affordable way to reduce emissions and support the renewable energy sector.
The Clean Energy Council has published a guide on buying and installing solar PV systems for homes. It covers the different types of systems, costs, government incentive schemes, feed-in-tariffs, system sizes, things to watch out for when signing a contract, installation, maintenance and more.
The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme creates a financial incentive for individuals and small businesses to install eligible small-scale renewable energy systems.
When you purchase GreenPower, your electricity provider commits to buying the same amount of electricity that you use from an accredited renewable energy source – which is then added to the grid on your behalf.
You can make the switch by calling your electricity supplier and asking if they offer GreenPower (there are 20 GreenPower providers in Australia). You then nominate how much of your household’s usage you would like to be GreenPower.
If you choose to purchase between 10% to 25% of your electricity as GreenPower, it may cost around $1 per week. Choosing 100% GreenPower for an average Australian household may cost about 80 cents to $1.50 per day.