Solar exceeds coal for first time, as renewables set new records on Australia’s main grid

Source: Renew Economy

24 August 2021

On Sunday the combined output of rooftop solar and large scale solar farms exceeded that of brown and black coal generation for the first time in the National Electricity Market. At 12.35pm on Sunday, solar accounted for 41.2 per cent of demand (9,427MW) compared to coal’s combined 41.1 per cent (9,315MW). At the same time we also saw a record share of renewables hit a peak of 57.1 per cent of. Wind was providing 13.2 per cent of demand at that time, and hydro 2.2 per cent.

It is a significant landmark reinforcing the scale and pace of the energy transition on the NEM. Another 2GW of wind and solar is expected to complete commissioning this year, so more records will be broken.

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