South Australia is at the global forefront of clean energy generation, successfully transitioning its reliance on fossil fuels to reliable renewable energy with a goal of achieving 100% net renewables by 2030.
Additionally, the South Australian Government Climate Change Action Plan 2021-2025 identifies that South Australia's transition to a net zero emissions economy, and a national and international exporter of clean energy, could mean achieving a level of renewable energy that is more than 500% of current local grid demand by 2050.
In just over 15 years South Australia’s electricity mix has shifted from below 1% renewables to over 60% of energy generated by wind and solar, supported by innovative battery storage technologies and gas. By 2025-26 the Australian Energy Market Operator forecasts this could rise to approximately 85%.
South Australia also benefits from some of the lowest wholesale electricity prices in Australia, and has become a net energy exporter. This is further supported by the installation of an SA-NSW Interconnector.
South Australia is one of few places in the world able to meet its total energy demands using renewable energy.
South Australia boasts:
- More than one in three homes with rooftop solar, generating more than 1 kilowatt of solar PV energy per capita.
- Three large scale solar farms with a generating capacity of 328 megawatts.
- Large scale wind farms which generate 41% of South Australia’s energy needs, including the Lincoln Gap Wind farm.
- Four grid-scale batteries, headlined by the world-renowned Hornsdale Power Reserve.
- The highest uptake of residential batteries in Australia - over 28,000 batteries totaling over 280 megawatt-hours.
- The wind, sun, land, infrastructure and skills to be a world-class clean hydrogen supplier.
"The last coal-fired energy station in South Australia was shut down in 2016. South Australia is aiming to generate 100 per cent renewables by 2030."