Australia is taking steps that translate into reality the forecasts, which suggest that in just one decade the demand for electricity from the grid will fall to practically zero. The muscle of solar energy explains this and, proof of it, the double record registered in the state of South Australia, where on Sunday, September 18, demand fell to record lows, standing at 587 MW.
Although the brand exceeds by more than 200 megawatts the forecasts for 2019 in this state and throughout the country, it is in turn another 200 MW, in this case below, the previous record for this same area, which was set at 786 MW.
With an installed capacity of 700 MW, only in terms of rooftop solar panels, at the time the mark was beaten, up to 538 were being produced. To better understand these amounts, one piece of information. The solar energy produced by the solar roofs managed to satisfy up to 47.8% of the demand of the entire state, which, according to specialized local media, is in turn a milestone for South Australia and, also, for “any large network of electricity supply anywhere in the world ” .
This and the moderate temperatures of the Australian spring, which mitigated the demand for energy for air conditioning, rolled the red carpet for this record. The time it occurred is also significant. The moment of lowest demand was at 1.30 pm, which marks distances with the trend of the rest of the country.
With this, this state in the south of the country is also the first in which photovoltaic domestic installations have transferred the peak of lower demand to midday, which generally occurs at night. The general practice of most states of turning on electric hot water at night explains this trend.
With this brand and with the confidence that future forecasts will be fulfilled, Australia continues to advance on the path taken to become a solar energy paradise. The country was already in the news for this reason months ago, when it exceeded 6 GW of solar capacity due to the growth that facilities for domestic self-consumption are registering.