Tarneit leads nation as the ‘greenest’ suburb for solar installation

Tarneit, in Melbourne’s western growth corridor, is emerging as one of the nation’s leading suburbs when it comes to renewable energy adoption.

According to Solar Run, data from the Clean Energy Council shows that between January 2020 and December 2023, there were 2177 solar installations in Tarneit.

This was followed by Box Hill, in Sydney’s south west, with 2152 solar installations.

Queensland suburbs also feature prominently in the list of top 10 greenest suburbs, with Bundaberg coming in third, with 1735 solar installations. 

Further down the coast, Caloundra recorded 1651 solar installations, followed by Mackay with 1502. 

Solar Run Chief Executive Officer Anthony Kurta said the momentum for renewable energy in Australia was growing. 

“Communities are increasingly recognising the benefits of solar power, not just for the environment but also for economic resilience,” he said.

“Our report highlights the leaders in this green revolution and emphasises the importance of continued support and investment in clean energy.”

On a state-by-state basis, Queensland was the greenest state, with 54,365 solar installations over the period, followed by Victoria with 51,104, and NSW with 48,470.

Tasmania was the least green, with 6070 solar installations.

MDP Architecture Director, Glen Ollerton said demand for energy-efficient homes was increasing.

“The rising cost of living pressures are a concern for everyone in the community, including homeowners and the rental market,” he said.

“In particular, the rising energy costs bring into focus the immediate impact on people’s financial landscapes. 

Keeping our homes warm, cool and lit is a staple requirement of every house. 

“Clients are now asking, ‘How can we reduce our energy bills?’

“That is often the question that opens the door about sustainability and what it means to them and the environment.”

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