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Australia exceeded its generation of renewable energy in 2020 by 11% compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Clean Energy Regulator.

A statement from Energy Minister Angus Taylor said a record of 7.0 gigawatts of renewable capacity was installed during the year.

The previous record was 6.3GW, set in 2019. The 2020 figure was more than the renewable capacity installed under the previous Labor Government between 2007 and 2013, the statement claimed.

About 25% of homes in Australia have solar panels installed, the highest rate of uptake globally.

Taylor said: "This is helping to reduce household energy bills and reduce emissions."

The statement said Australia was forecast to deploy an additional 24GW of rooftop solar by 2030, tripling the small-scale solar generating capacity.

In 2020, 53.6 terawatt hours of electricity was generated from renewables, including rooftop solar, the statement said, adding that this figure was 16% higher than that in 2019.

The statement said the following initiatives will be pursued in the current year:

  • Delivering a 2000 MW pumped hydro expansion to the Snowy Hydro scheme;
  • Supporting the development of Marinus Link, the second interconnector needed to turn Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation vision into reality, and all other major priority transmission projects identified in AEMO’s Integrated System Plan;
  • Establishing the Underwriting New Generation Investments program to support new firm generation capacity and increased competition; and
  • Establishing a $1 billion Grid Reliability fund to be administered by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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