With all that sunshine no wonder Coffs Harbour and the North Coast leads the nation in the take-up of renewable energy products.
With all that sunshine no wonder Coffs Harbour and the North Coast leads the nation in the take-up of renewable energy products. Trevor Veale

Woopi's solar and renewables uptake among biggest in nation

WITH COFFS Harbour already leading the nation in using solar energy to power their homes the latest data concerning Woolgoolga is remarkable.

Asia-Pacific Enphase Energy managing director Nathan Dunn said his company had only been in the Australian market for a limited period but named Woolgoolga and the northern beaches as the fifth largest region in Australia taking up their solar products.

"In less than two years since we established a direct presence, the demand for solar photovoltaic systems has strengthened significantly in regional and rural Australia," he said.

"Regional Australia has experienced the most significant retail energy price shocks and this has spurred them toward adopting solar power.

"Agriculture and farms, shopping centres and commercial businesses, are the strongest users of solar energy because they have the most to gain.

"Driving their demand for solar energy is the fact electricity prices tend to be higher in semi-regional and rural Australia than in urban areas."

In 2014 the Climate Council announced a staggering 39 per cent of all Coffs Harbour households or businesses had installed rooftop solar PV systems.

Council chief executive Amanda McKenzie said the Coffs Coast was embracing renewable energy at a staggering rate.

"It is out in front leading the nation in solar uptake and it's great to see residents are taking matters into their own hands, taking control of their power bills and reducing carbon emissions at the same time," she said.

"Now it's time for the rest of the country to catch up."



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