The 2011 Clean Energy Australia report, released at the UN climate negotiations in Durban, says that renewable energy provided nearly 10% of Australia’s electricity in a clean energy maket worth more than $5 billion last year.

Findings from the report include:

  • Renewable energy produced 9.6% of Australia’s electricity in the 12 months from 1 October 2010 to 30 September 2011;
  • Hydro-electricity accounted for 67% of the total;
  • As of August 2011, only 1031 megawatts of solar power was installed in Australia;
  • More than half a million household solar power systems are now installed on Australian rooftops;
  • More than 230,000  household solar power systems were installed between January and August this year;
  • The Australian clean energy market was worth an estinated $5.2 billion in the 2010-11 financial year;
  • More than 8,000 people are directly employed in the installation, construction and maintenance of clean energy assets.