The latest update from the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) confirmed that the installation of rooftop solar has peaked last year after more and more Australian households and businesses decided to install solar systems.
CER’s latest report on the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme found that solar panels were installed on rooftops at a rate of 6.5 per minute last year, adding a total of 1057MW new capacity for the year. This is reportedly equivalent to 3.5 million solar panels being installed on Australian rooftops, or over 9,500 fixed every day.
The website of RenewEconomy also reported that there was a 41 percent increase in installed renewable energy capacity across all states and territories. Queensland leads all states with 295MW installed solar systems. On the other hand, the Australian Capital Territory has the biggest annual increase with 57 percent.
Mark Williamson, the Executive General Manager of CER, stated, “The data collected by the Clean Energy Regulator in 2017 reflects the industry is going from strength to strength. It looks like 2018 will be another big year for the solar industry.”
He further added, “We are seeing a wide cross-section of Australians – households, community centres, schools, and small businesses – receiving incentives under the Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme. Our data shows consumers are embracing renewable energy to take control of their electricity bills.” The new data also revealed that the average solar system capacity has doubled in five years since 2012, from three to six kilowatts.
The article on RenewEconomy website also cited, “Not only is this benefitting those households and businesses who install the solar systems, but it is delivering broader benefits across the grid – a fact borne out this summer, which has come and gone without any major blackouts or peak supply crises.”
To know more about the latest CER update, visit this link.
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