One in five Australian households have installed domestic solar energy systems, data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.

Solar Citizens national director Claire O’Rourke said most of the households were on lower and middle incomes, and that they were using solar as a way to reduce power costs.

“The growing number of Australian households with rooftop solar are generating local jobs, producing clean energy and taking control of their power bills,” Ms O’Rourke said.

“The best way the federal government can support Australian households in making the transition to solar energy and reducing the cost of power is to keep the Renewable Energy Target strong.

“Our political leaders should catch up with the vast majority of the community and the one in five households who use solar energy and support more solar, not less.”

  • Read the full ABS data here.