Renewable energy commercialisation in Australia

Australia's renewable energy industries cover many energy sources and stages of commercialisation. Renewable energy technologies make up about 6 per cent of Australia's total energy supply and some 8 per cent of Australia's electricity supply, with hydro-electricity by far the largest single contributor.[1]

Government policies[2][1] have opened up more opportunities for "new" renewable energies such as wind power, photovoltaics, and solar thermal technologies. The use of these technologies helps to reduce greenhouse gases.[3]

At the end of 2006, Australia had 817 MW of installed wind power capacity,[4] mainly in South Australia. Initiatives are also being taken with solar power, ethanol fuel and geothermal energy.

Surveys show that there is much public support for the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 How solar ran out of puff Sydney Morning Herald, 17 April 2007.
  2. Australian Government, Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator
  3. International Energy Agency (2007). Renewables in global energy supply: An IEA facts sheet, OECD, 34 pages.
  4. Global Wind Energy Council, Global wind energy markets continue to boom – 2006 another record year
  5. Australians Reject Nuclear Energy Angus Reid Global Monitor, 25 June 2007.