1m solar roofs no reason for celebration

One million solar rooftop doesn't even scratch the surface of the emissions generated by a few Queensland cowboys in a single year, let alone take a serious bite out of fossil fuels.

In 2004 legislation was passed in Queensland to curtail deforestation. But the changes wouldn't take effect until 2007, so in the following two years, Queensland's cattle industry staged a celebration of deforestation. In those two years the normal business-as-usual cattle driven deforestation, supplemented by the Queensland orgy, released 150 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CRF submission, 2005 and 2006, Table5.C).

We currently have about a million rooftop solar PV systems with each one potentially saving about 800 grams of carbon dioxide for every kilowatt hour of energy generated.

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