Community & Business

7 October, 2022

Sunny days powers solar way

WITH 300 sunny days a year, it’s no wonder Mareeba Shire residents have embraced the use of solar, with latest figures showing there are 2095 households in the 4880 postcode area with solar panels on their roofs

An aerial view of solar panels on homes at Amaroo Estate in Mareeba. To check out your post code, go to
An aerial view of solar panels on homes at Amaroo Estate in Mareeba. To check out your post code, go to

The figures became available after the State Government launched a new online search tool, where Queenslanders can find out where their postcode ranks.

In total, the Mareeba Shire has scored well, with 4592 households in the towns of Mareeba, Mt Molloy, Julatten, Kuranda, Chillagoe and Dimbulah with solar panels.

In the southern Tablelands area, Atherton is winning the solar race, with 958 households with solar panels, followed by 629 in the Tinaroo/Walkamin/Kairi area, and 628 in the Malanda area.

The total number of households in the Tablelands local government area with solar pan-els comes to 3891 households.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said with 722,000 Queensland homes now with solar, the State continued to be the nation's leader in rooftop solar, outstripping the other states with almost 88,000 more installations than its nearest rival, New South Wales.

“Together, Queensland’s homes account to over 3.5 GW capacity – that’s more generation capacity than Queensland’s two largest power stations combined (Gladstone 1,680MW, Stan-well 1,460MW),” she said.

Bundaberg’s 4670 postcode tops not only Queensland, but the national solar stakes, with over 15,600 solar households.

This was followed by the 4655 postcode at Hervey Bay, the second highest in Queensland, with over 14,000 solar households.

“I want to thank every Queenslander who has helped lower electricity prices and our carbon footprint by installing solar panels on their home – your home is part of Queensland’s biggest power station, powering the state,” Ms Palaszczuk said


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