Renewable energy sources
A key step towards sustainability is to use renewable energy sources.
These often create less pollution than non-renewable fossil fuels and can be used without running out. Forms of renewable energy include solar, wind, hydro (water), biomass, and tidal energy.
To find out the location of and information about operating renewable generators in Australia visit the Australian Greenhouse Office .
- Hydroelectricity sources already contribute significantly to electricity resources in Australia.
- Solar power is being used in a wider range of applications as its advantages are recognised. Technical innovations continue to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of converting the sun's energy into electricity or thermal energy.
- Wind power is recognised as a viable alternative renewable energy source. Advances in technology are reducing the cost of wind power and wind farms are being planned and developed in suitable locations across Australia to generate clean and renewable electricity.
- Biomass and biogas generators , recycling waste into useable energy, are beginning to be introduced. This has begun as small-scale powerplants in areas where waste from agricultural industries and methane gas from urban refuse can be collected.