Australia installs more than 1 gigawatt solar capacity

Australian homes and businesses installed more renewable energy capacity in 2017 than ever before.


According to the Clean Energy Regulator’s Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme data, more than 1057 megawatts was installed last year, mostly from rooftop solar, and this number is expected to reach over 1070 megawatts.

This equates to 3.5 million solar panels being fixed to Australian rooftops, or more than 9500 installed every day.

There was also a preference for larger capacity systems in 2017 as reducing costs made these more attractive. The average solar system capacity has doubled in the five years since 2012, from three to six kilowatts.

Clean Energy Regulator Executive General Manager Mark Williamson says the increased interest in renewables is good news for reducing carbon emissions.

“We are seeing a wide cross-section of Australians – households, community centers, schools, and small businesses – receiving incentives under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.”

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