SA reaches 50 per cent renewable energy target 8 years early

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South Australia has reached its renewable energy target of 50 per cent almost eight years ahead of schedule.

The state has already surpassed its target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2025, reaching 53 per cent from 2016-2017. In 2014, this figure was 36 per cent.

“I am pleased that South Australia is leading the nation,” SA energy minister Tom Koutsantonis told the ABC.

“I am pleased that we’re getting most of that renewable investment here in South Australia, it’s doing great things.”

SA sources the majority of its renewable energy from solar and wind technologies. Last month it was announced that the state will house the world’s biggest solar farm and battery project.

Australia as a whole generates 14 per cent of its energy from renewable sources, according to figures released by the Climate Council last month.

While Victoria and New South Wales were once considered leaders in adopting renewable technologies, the states have been found to be lagging behind in recent years.

Tasmania now leads the nation in renewable energy generation, having achieved 100 per cent renewable energy at times over the past few years. SA follows as a leader in renewable energy.