More than 8 in 10 South Australians want solar farm investment
More than 8 in 10 South Australians want increased SA solar farm investment, a survey shows. And 64 per cent say solar panel installation should be compulsory on newly constructed homes.
The pro-solar vote was subsequently revealed in the annual Sunday Mail Your Say SA survey. More than 4,000 people took part in the study.
The results are also a wake-up call for local politicians as South Australia gears up for a state election in March 2018.
Meanwhile, around 62.5 per cent of participants also want more wind farms, the survey shows.
More SA solar farm investment and solar panels on the cards
The 2018 state election is seen as one of the most critical in South Australia’s recent history.
Backing for solar systems and renewable energy will also be an important factor when SA voters head to the autumn polls.
The Your Say SA survey shows:
- Power prices are the overwhelming concern for participants.
- Renewable energy is second most important industry in SA.
- Six out of 10 participants believe the citizens’ jury got it wrong on nuclear.
- Liberals are more trusted to deliver stable and affordable power (scoring 55 per cent against Labor’s 45 per cent).
SA Labor Premier Jay Weatherill will face stiff competition from the Liberals as well as the Nick Xenophon Party.
Nick Xenophon is regarded as SA’s most trusted political leader by 49 per cent of those polled.
After a majority Liberal government, a minority Liberal/Xenophon Government is seen as the best possible outcome.
South Australia breaking renewable records
South Australia is home to two of Australia’s most significant renewable projects.
The world’s largest lithium-ion storage battery is now up and running in Jamestown, South Australia. Clean Energy Council accredited members Tesla and Neoen are behind the project.
And a 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant worth $650 million will start construction in South Australia next year.
According to Mr Weatherill, the Aurora Solar Energy Project is the biggest of its kind in the world.
The project will therefore deliver more than 700 jobs with ongoing requirements for local workers.