Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mackay Uses Sun to Power Up Homes

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Mackay Uses Sun to Power Up Homes

Article excerpt

"WE make it great in the Sunshine State" went the old Queensland Government slogan in the 1970s and we are certainly doing a great job of using our sunshine in Mackay.

The world-wide demand for solar power has been growing exponentially in the past few years as the efficiency of panels has increased and production costs have fallen.

Here in Mackay more property owners are realising the benefits of solar power than anywhere else in Queensland.

In 2015 more rooftop solar was installed on properties in the 4740 postcode than in any other place in Australia, except Coondalup in Western Australia.

There was a decline in installations in Mackay compared with 2014 when we were by far the most solar savvy people in Australia, adding 5.9 megawatts of solar panels to our city's roofs.

Local industry players say the market is once again increasing.

Unlike other states, most installations in Queensland are on domestic premises.

We lag behind in commercial solar. …

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