Australia is approaching the landmark of two million solar PV rooftop systems installed, according the Clean Energy Regulator. Data show that these PV systems, combined with more than one million solar water heaters, and a smattering of wind and hydro systems, mean that small-scale renewable energy systems now account for more than 6.29 GW of generation capacity.
In 2017 (up to December), Australia had installed 136, 741 small-scale systems, already ahead of the previous year’s figure of 132,536. November was a busy month nationally, with 7944 systems installed, compared with 7412 in the previous month.
At state level, Queensland leads the way with 537,521 total small-scale PV systems. Of these, 2210 were installed in the month of November, and just 47 featured a concurrent battery installation.
New South Wales hosts the second highest number, with 389,806 systems now installed. Victoria takes up third place with 329,010; although its installation rate for November 2017 did not reflect this, with just 662 new PV systems installed.