Heatwave states should 'thank solar owners'

By a staff reporter

Solar owners should be thanked by the community at large after taking the edge of southeastern Australia power networks during demand peaks on Wednesday, the Australia Solar Council says, according to a report in Energy Matters.

According to the website, peak production of solar from 2.30pm to 5pm saw a 9.41 per cent contribution to South Australian electricity demand and a 2.8 per cent boost from Victoria during the 40-plus degree temperatures.

"As a community we should be congratulating those people who have made a significant personal investment in installing solar PV, which is now paying dividends for the entire community," council chief executive John Grimes said, according to Energy Matters.

The council said the contribution help rein in wholesale pricing and potentially reduced blackouts and load shedding, the website reports.