Australia, despite having excellent conditions to harness renewable energy on large scale, is currently not doing enough to become one of global clean energy leaders. Australians definitely want more renewable energy as well as more efforts from government starting from putting the price on carbon.
According to the latest major survey in which renewable energy campaigners spent the last three months time going from door to door and gathering 14,000 responses 86 percent of Australians want Australia to be powered entirely by renewable energy somewhere down the track.
Around 70 percent of questioned Australians also believe that government is not doing enough to create new renewable energy policy and that the government should not only make a better use of currently available renewable energy technologies but also needs to put a price on carbon.
Despite this overwhelming „yes“ to renewable energy it will certainly take some time before Australia becomes one of major players in clean energy race. Australia needs to think big when it comes to renewable energy, not only in setting the new renewable energy goal but also to ensure adequate financing for large renewable energy projects, particularly in solar power industry.
Despite having the most abundant solar resources of all other continents Australia still lacks large solar power projects, and so far the only large-scale projects in Australia have been several wind farms. Way too little, considering Australia's renewable energy potential.
The Australian government has to use this huge public support for renewables and create foundations on which Australia could build its clean energy future. The entire world is jumping on renewable energy bandwagon and Australia mustn’t be an exception.