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Australia lags behind much of Western world in per-capita renewable capacity

Australia’s record on installed renewable energy, measured on a per capita basis, lags behind North America and most of Europe, a new report has shown.

In the HSBC report, The Rise of Renewables, charts show that against Germany – whose renewables penetration, at 1MW per person, leads the world – Australia barely rates, with just 292 watts per person.

Denmark and Sweden follow Germany, both with three times the amount of renewables per capita than Australia.

Even the UK, with 293 watts of renewable energy per person, beats Australia.

Australia does compare favourably to other key countries in Asia and Africa, however, due to their population sizes.

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Giles Parkinson

Giles Parkinson regularly contributes unique content to Solar Choice News. Giles is the founder and editor of clean energy industry news service RenewEconomy. He is a journalist of 30 years experience, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Financial Review, a columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the founding editor of Climate Spectator.
Giles Parkinson