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.

Graph showing Australia's Annual VRE share and corresponding system integration phase in selected countries

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.

Solar panels and wind turbines

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South Australia is committed to maximising the economic and job opportunities associated with renewable energy and energy storage projects that will help meet energy needs and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

"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."