Which states are performing best for renewable energy?

The renewable energy sector has been subject to lots of debate over recent months, with government policies being readdressed and discussions being raised over what the future might have in store.

Even in light of this, the industry is continuing progress and there are signs that some parts of Australia are making significant headway.

However, as you'd probably expect, some regions are performing better than others, suggesting that the race towards a renewable energy future is gathering pace in these areas.

The Climate Council has released a new report detailing just where Australia is at in its move closer a more sustainable future - and which states and territories are leading the way.

South Australia is out in front

The report identified South Australia as the country's leader on renewable energy, which the Climate Council believes is largely the result of its policy environment.

The state government revealed back in July that it would be increasing its Renewable Energy Target, in light of the success of its current scheme.

As a result, the state will aim to receive 50 per cent of its energy needs from renewables by 2025, not only improving its carbon footprint, but also securing jobs in the sector.

The Climate Council found a total of $5.5 billion has been invested in the sector over the past 11 years, while more than 36 per cent of electricity is derived from renewable sources.

It's estimated that as many as a quarter of homes in South Australia now reap the benefits of solar panels, as the state has installed more large-scale renewables since 2001 than any other state.

Other states make headway

South Australia may be the leader at the moment, but there are nevertheless other states where investment in renewable energy is especially strong.

Climate Council analysis shows the ACT is making significant progress by introducing an emissions reduction target of 90 per cent renewable energy by 2020.

Despite not having any formal schemes in place, New South Wales and Victoria were among the first to introduce energy efficiency measures and put an emissions trading initiative in place.

Pressure is growing on Queensland to make sure its emissions are reduced, as the state has been identified as the second largest producer out of all the states and territories.

Western Australia, on the other hand, has the second highest level of emissions per capita.

Just two years ago, Queensland's greenhouse gases comprised almost a quarter of the country's emissions.