Regional home and business owners driving Australia's solar energy boom

Via ABC - When you think of solar, you probably think of vast fields of black panels at large-scale solar farms, producing enormous quantities of power.

But Australia's real solar engine, at least for the time being, is a much more humble sight.

It is small collections of solar panels on ordinary homes and businesses around the country.

At 2.8 per cent, rooftop solar contributes far more to Australia's total energy mix than largescale solar, which currently comes in at around a quarter of a per cent.

Claire O'Rourke is the national director of Solar Citizens, a group which lobbies for private solar owners.

"It's definitely the highest uptake around those urban fringe areas and in regional areas as well where you'll see in some areas 30-40 per cent of homes with solar on rooftops."

There are nearly 1.6 million Australian homes with solar panels on their rooftops.

Flyn Tracy