For a brief moment solar power accounted for 100 percent of South Australia’s power on October 11 for an hour between noon and 1 pm.
This incredible achievement is partially due to the fact that one in three homes in South Australia has rooftop solar panels that complement the region’s large-scale solar facilities. Rooftop panels account for three-quarters of the solar energy generated. To put this in perspective, this means 379,725 square miles of land, an area more than 2 times larger than California, successfully generated enough renewable power to meet all their energy demands.
A predicted 36,000 new rooftop solar systems will be installed in South Australia in the next 14 months and Australian Energy Market Operator forecasts that instances of 100% solar power will become more and more common as the surge for solar panel installation rises.
By doing this, South Australia is showing us that this huge transition is not only feasible but in fact already here and very possible.