In Australia, photovoltaics contributed nine percent of total electricity generation in 2020
Post date: 07/06/2021 - 09:44
Total electricity generation in Australia is estimated to be 265,232 gigawatt hours (GWh) in calendar year 2020, essentially unchanged from 2019, according to preliminary data. Renewable sources contributed an estimated 64,667 GWh, accounting for 24 percent of Australia's total electricity generation. This compares to 21 percent in 2019. Solar power was the largest renewable generation source at nine percent, followed by wind (also nine percent) and hydro (six percent). According to the most recent Australian energy statistics compiled by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, coal-fired power plants accounted for the majority of electricity generation at 54 percent in 2020, with natural gas contributing 20 percent.
The statistics cover all electricity generation in Australia, including generation at power plants and by businesses and households for their own consumption. The agency will release more detailed figures later in the year.