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What do you know about energy in Australia? Here are some big questions answered

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Which country has seen the largest proportion of homes install rooftop solar panels?

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Australia leads the world in the uptake of grid-connected rooftop solar panels, with over 1.4 million installed on homes.1 Energy networks also play a vital role in connecting large scale renewables to Australian homes.

Did you knowDid you know we are also 11th in the world for wind generation per capita?

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1 Clean Energy Regulator - http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/RET/Forms-and-resources/Postcode-data-for-small-scale-installations#Installation-numbers-for-smallscale-systems-by-stateterritory

Question 2

Last year, Australia's 1.4 million rooftop solar installations produced how much of our electricity:

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While incredible numbers of Australians are installing rooftop solar, it produced about 3% of our electricity consumption in 2014/15, or 5052 gigawatt-hours.2

Did you knowDid you know that a the amount of solar produced in Australia is enough to support 86,848 households (on average)?

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2 AEMO Consumption Data http://forecasting.aemo.com.au/AnnualConsumption/Operational

Question 3

Australia's electricity grid maintains reliable supply without outages for what proportion of the year? (on average)

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The entire Australian grid provides reliable supply without outages for 99.95% of the year (on average).

Did you knowDid you know major blackouts are usually caused by natural disasters? In January 2013 Cyclone Oswald caused the loss of power to over 250,000 customers in South East Queensland while the worlds biggest blackout took place in India in 2012 and affected over 620 million people, about 9% of the world population.

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How many electric vehicles do you think were sold in Australia by 2015?

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Australia has had relatively low take up of electric vehicles with around 1,900 estimated to have been sold as of 2015. 3 This compares to 275,000 in the USA, 108,000 in Japan, and more than 83,000 in China where 230 million electric bikes have also been sold.

Did you knowDid you know electric vehicles are a potential game changer for Australia's carbon reduction targets and may also be used by homes to sell stored energy back to the grid through "vehicle to grid" charging?

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Question 5

If all of the electricity network connecting Australia's 10 million homes and businesses were joined in a straight line, it would reach:

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Your Grid includes 917,676 kilometres of lines providing the backbone of our economy and our connection to a cleaner energy future.

Did you knowDid you know that the Australian electricity networks could go around the world 22 times or to the moon and back?

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