More Australians Turning to Renewable Energy

Almost 8,000 Australian homes now use solar power.

Published: 08-Aug-2003

lass=wallacepara>More Australians are turning to the sun as a source of power.

A forum of renewable energy experts meeting in Hobart has heard the market for solar energy has risen 27 per cent in the past year.

Almost 8,000 Australian homes now use solar power.

The executive director of the Australian Business Council for Sustainable Energy, Ric Brazzale, says renewable energy is the way of the future.

"Australia's greenhouse gas emissions have increased substantially over the past five to 10 years and I expect it to increase substantially out to 2020," he said.

"Electricity is one of the biggest contributors to that and we really need to do something about it.

"Renewable energy is one of the more cost-effective ways to not only reduce electricity consumption but that also reduces greenhouse gas emissions."

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