The Clean Energy Council said official Federal Government figures released today showed that record numbers of Australians had seen the light and installed some kind of clean energy system to help manage their power bills.
The analysis, from the Clean Energy Regulator, shows that more than two million household systems have now been installed at homes across the country, most of which are either solar power systems or solar water heaters.
Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green said a cocktail of rising power prices and falling system costs had led to record numbers of consumers choosing clean energy as a way of turning down the heat on their power bills.
"The Clean Energy Regulator says the Renewable Energy Target has been instrumental in making these units more affordable for everyday Australians," Mr Green said.
"It is excellent to see this low-cost policy helping so many people reduce their electricity bills by saving energy," he said.
The two million systems are made up of more than 1.15 million solar power systems, almost 670,000 solar hot water systems, over 173,000 heat pump water heaters and a modest number of small wind turbines and micro hydro generation units.
Mr Green said the outstanding consumer interest had made a substantial contribution to the economy, through billions of dollars in private investment and the creation of thousands of solar jobs right across Australia's electorates.
"We have seen that many of the solar power systems in particular are being adopted by working families, those in regional towns, and retirees – people who are particularly feeling the pinch from the rising cost of living," Mr Green said.
"We now need to look at ways to help bring the many benefits of these clean energy technologies to some of our most vulnerable citizens, such as those in shared or public housing and rental properties.
"These people have the most to gain, but their ability to take advantage of these technologies is limited. That's why we are actively working on solutions."
Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.