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From 1 April 2001 to 31 December 2012, more than 1,731,300 small-scale installations created certificates in the REC Registry and were validated by the Clean Energy Regulator.

Of these, more than 76,161 solar water heater (SWH) and 333,094 small-scale solar panel, wind and hydro (referred to as SGUs) installations created valid certificates between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2012. Of the SGU installations, solar panels make up 99 per cent of the installations followed by wind (0.01 per cent).                

During 2012:

  • Approximately 4,900 SWH installations were installed each month compared to approximately 8,750 per month in 2011.
  • Approximately 26,000 SGU installations were installed each month compared to approximately 30,000 per month in 2011.

Graph 4: Number of certificates validated for solar hot water and heat pump installations 2009–2012

The graph below represents valid certificates created by the two solar water heater types (solar and heat pump). Solar hot water systems accounted for 84 per cent of certificates deemed in 2012, followed by heat pump water heaters which equated to 16 per cent of all certificates respectively.*

Graph 4: Number of certificates validated for solar hot water and heat pump installations 2009–2012
Row Labels Solar Water Heater (SWH) - Air Sourced Heat Pump Solar Water Heater (SWH) - Solar Grand Total
2009 3,980,705 3,890,594 7,871,299
Jan 2009 259,170 143,510 402,680
Feb 2009 209,495 205,240 414,735
Mar 2009 255,143 290,178 545,321
Apr 2009 295,217 299,110 594,327
May 2009 424,409 389,570 813,979
Jun 2009 524,033 436,464 960,497
Jul 2009 554,941 401,545 956,486
Aug 2009 414,438 332,276 746,714
Sep 2009 360,266 357,069 717,335
Oct 2009 289,296 358,674 647,970
Nov 2009 185,258 352,320 537,578
Dec 2009 209,039 324,638 533,677
2010 1,149,761 3,124,545 4,274,306
Jan 2010 68,922 260,312 329,234
Feb 2010 65,403 283,218 348,621
Mar 2010 83,570 277,827 361,397
Apr 2010 102,896 224,317 327,213
May 2010 109,061 278,686 387,747
Jun 2010 173,617 298,135 471,752
Jul 2010 78,398 281,031 359,429
Aug 2010 85,923 265,457 351,380
Sep 2010 71,826 255,210 327,036
Oct 2010 61,528 240,292 301,820
Nov 2010 102,449 256,014 358,463
Dec 2010 146,168 204,046 350,214
2011 545,878 2,575,558 3,121,436
Jan 2011 31,809 163,221 195,030
Feb 2011 43,596 208,077 251,673
Mar 2011 53,673 256,479 310,152
Apr 2011 43,915 225,504 269,419
May 2011 53,688 258,093 311,781
Jun 2011 60,863 315,781 376,644
Jul 2011 49,065 196,602 245,667
Aug 2011 47,411 215,621 263,032
Sep 2011 47,849 199,958 247,807
Oct 2011 40,327 219,491 259,818
Nov 2011 39,189 164,070 203,259
Dec 2011 34,493 152,661 187,154
2012 274,413 1,428,352 1,702,765
Jan 2012 25,529 101,117 126,646
Feb 2012 35,468 152,806 188,274
Mar 2012 29,744 144,345 174,089
Apr 2012 29,113 118,916 148,029
May 2012 35,076 153,763 188,839
Jun 2012 25,286 138,394 163,680
Jul 2012 22,408 124,361 146,769
Aug 2012 21,975 122,669 144,644
Sep 2012 18,155 107,734 125,889
Oct 2012 14,661 110,718 125,379
Nov 2012 12,323 103,104 115,427
Dec 2012 4,675 50,425 55,100
Grand Total 5,950,757 11,019,049 16,969,806

*These figures are based on the date the system was installed and are current as at 27 January 2013. These numbers are likely to increase as certificates can be created up to 12 months after the date the system was installed.

Graph 5: Small generation units and Solar Credits 2009–2012

The graph below represents valid certificates created by small-scale solar panel, wind and hydro systems (referred to as SGUs). The total number of SGUs installed in 2012 was 314,312. Of these around 95 per cent, or 299,462 systems received Solar Credits.*

Graph 5: Small generation units and Solar Credits 2009–2012
Installation Date SGUs without solar credits SGUs received solar credits STCs validated without solar credits STCs validated received solar credits
Jan 2009 2,173 55,052
Feb 2009 2,994 75,269
Mar 2009 3,581 93,202
Apr 2009 3,433 89,980
May 2009 4,088 106,094
Jun 2009 4,315 38 108,775 5,649
Jul 2009 4,995 177 123,558 24,142
Aug 2009 5,309 419 132,250 53,799
Sep 2009 5,035 1,242 130,192 176,760
Oct 2009 6,130 1,692 153,991 250,266
Nov 2009 7,524 1,757 192,745 260,931
Dec 2009 5,996 2,081 160,958 313,407
Jan 2010 6,095 2,314 150,537 353,125
Feb 2010 6,911 3,390 173,210 535,406
Mar 2010 7,846 5,396 205,130 861,745
Apr 2010 6,563 6,866 168,864 1,103,219
May 2010 7,399 9,300 187,130 1,496,191
Jun 2010 6,712 11,464 177,694 1,881,887
Jul 2010 2,645 14,180 82,900 2,324,320
Aug 2010 957 16,442 39,849 2,706,835
Sep 2010 758 18,271 38,150 3,017,935
Oct 2010 697 20,481 34,012 3,376,478
Nov 2010 738 24,253 48,123 4,009,899
Dec 2010 507 18,162 28,357 2,999,410
Jan 2011 556 24,915 34,781 4,178,263
Feb 2011 572 28,293 35,569 4,711,849
Mar 2011 691 34,844 39,587 5,811,296
Apr 2011 534 32,649 39,831 5,461,268
May 2011 627 49,668 65,945 8,313,704
Jun 2011 827 68,043 114,790 11,488,865
Jul 2011 983 21,237 54,891 2,471,606
Aug 2011 1,273 20,854 51,546 2,424,927
Sep 2011 2,063 22,815 86,944 2,664,844
Oct 2011 1,259 15,411 51,972 1,812,177
Nov 2011 2,065 16,014 71,273 1,900,160
Dec 2011 980 13,610 42,012 1,597,295
Jan 2012 735 12,260 32,245 1,409,860
Feb 2012 1,048 18,396 47,900 2,080,764
Mar 2012 1,013 22,338 52,453 2,525,265
Apr 2012 943 25,177 51,571 2,860,123
May 2012 1,216 41,251 71,775 4,778,924
Jun 2012 1,116 55,616 83,345 6,687,018
Jul 2012 1,226 23,515 58,032 2,148,064
Aug 2012 1,542 24,887 68,303 2,338,419
Sep 2012 1,633 24,381 73,286 2,353,888
Oct 2012 1,912 18,446 79,388 1,799,306
Nov 2012 1,818 16,868 73,228 1,657,824
Dec 2012 648 16,327 30,509 1,616,857

*These figures are based on the date the system was installed and are current as at 27 January 2013. These numbers are likely to increase as certificates can be created up to 12 months after the date the system was installed.

Graph 6: Small generation wind and hydro systems 2009–2012 activity

The graph below represents the number of systems installed against the number of certificates validated. Solar panel systems were the most popular SGU installed during 2012, followed by wind systems with seven systems installed, receiving 266 certificates.*

Graph 6: Small generation wind and hydro systems 2009–2012 activity
Installation Date Installs - Hydro Installs - Wind STCs validated - Hydro STCs validated - Wind
Jan 2009 0 3 0 46
Feb 2009 0 4 0 25
Mar 2009 0 8 0 45
Apr 2009 1 3 9 68
May 2009 0 6 0 66
Jun 2009 1 7 19 73
Jul 2009 0 3 0 19
Aug 2009 0 4 0 42
Sep 2009 2 7 56 118
Oct 2009 0 4 0 89
Nov 2009 0 2 0 25
Dec 2009 1 7 36 452
Jan 2010 1 10 9 441
Feb 2010 0 6 0 102
Mar 2010 1 13 19 1246
Apr 2010 1 15 3 1304
May 2010 0 13 0 1771
Jun 2010 0 16 0 2076
Jul 2010 0 17 0 1840
Aug 2010 0 9 0 818
Sep 2010 0 7 0 496
Oct 2010 0 8 0 744
Nov 2010 0 7 0 545
Dec 2010 0 15 0 1510
Jan 2011 0 5 0 617
Feb 2011 0 15 0 1806
Mar 2011 0 7 0 1064
Apr 2011 0 4 0 464
May 2011 0 6 0 712
Jun 2011 1 2 405 57
Jul 2011 0 0 0 0
Aug 2011 0 0 0 0
Sep 2011 0 3 0 27
Oct 2011 0 1 0 19
Nov 2011 0 1 0 9
Dec 2011 0 0 0 0
Jan 2012 0 1 0 21
Feb 2012 0 1 0 14
Mar 2012 0 0 0 0
Apr 2012 0 0 0 0
May 2012 0 1 0 14
Jun 2012 0 0 0 0
Jul 2012 0 0 0 0
Aug 2012 0 3 0 189
Sep 2012 0 1 0 28
Oct 2012 0 0 0 0
Nov 2012 0 0 0 0
Dec 2012 0 0 0 0

*These figures are based on the date the system was installed and are current as at 27 January 2013. These numbers are likely to increase as certificates can be created up to 12 months after the date the system was installed.

Graph 7: Solar panel installations by state 2009–2012

The graph below represents the number of solar panel installations registered by state. The greatest number of solar panel installations in 2012 was in Queensland (38 per cent) followed by Victoria (19 per cent) and New South Wales at (15 per cent).*

Graph 7: Solar panel installations by state 2009–2012  

Row Labels NT ACT TAS SA WA VIC QLD NSW Grand Total
Jan 2009 10 22 32 421 396 296 544 449 2,170
Feb 2009 17 35 19 544 524 515 710 626 2,990
Mar 2009 16 25 39 612 654 451 1,010 766 3,573
Apr 2009 6 51 32 598 655 376 933 778 3,429
May 2009 8 32 33 680 873 563 994 899 4,082
Jun 2009 5 47 37 525 786 464 1,547 934 4,345
Jul 2009 16 30 61 613 893 649 1,853 1,054 5,169
Aug 2009 15 98 186 731 935 749 1,616 1,394 5,724
Sep 2009 22 119 266 703 834 957 1,702 1,665 6,268
Oct 2009 21 130 301 1,092 1,355 1,017 2,234 1,668 7,818
Nov 2009 52 120 253 1,165 1,717 1,093 2,847 2,032 9,279
Dec 2009 27 94 193 885 1,535 1,299 2,293 1,743 8,069
Jan 2010 28 88 198 784 1,509 1,948 2,141 1,702 8,398
Feb 2010 64 145 174 905 1,571 2,625 2,523 2,288 10,295
Mar 2010 68 196 234 1,005 2,013 3,488 3,074 3,150 13,228
Apr 2010 69 277 271 1,170 1,682 3,347 3,048 3,549 13,413
May 2010 67 236 238 1,463 2,049 4,352 3,632 4,649 16,686
Jun 2010 69 321 257 1,323 1,921 3,592 4,634 6,043 18,160
Jul 2010 58 150 86 1,149 1,946 2,441 4,301 6,677 16,808
Aug 2010 43 159 52 1,275 1,982 2,088 4,663 7,128 17,390
Sep 2010 81 146 87 1,613 1,758 2,620 4,597 8,120 19,022
Oct 2010 43 175 94 1,673 1,944 2,949 5,090 9,202 21,170
Nov 2010 28 208 119 2,248 2,190 3,350 6,339 10,502 24,984
Dec 2010 19 222 79 2,097 1,728 2,876 4,655 6,978 18,654
Jan 2011 11 264 110 2,575 3,049 3,278 4,784 11,395 25,466
Feb 2011 1 447 175 3,444 3,446 4,014 6,513 10,810 28,850
Mar 2011 31 594 180 4,574 4,329 5,547 8,790 11,483 35,528
Apr 2011 48 623 191 4,670 4,371 5,379 8,446 9,451 33,179
May 2011 56 1,384 354 6,671 7,134 8,137 14,567 11,986 50,289
Jun 2011 117 2,311 586 9,603 9,516 12,150 20,467 14,117 68,867
Jul 2011 27 405 169 4,926 4,252 3,889 6,664 1,888 22,220
Aug 2011 18 337 144 5,380 4,722 4,426 5,410 1,690 22,127
Sep 2011 31 207 142 6,611 4,613 6,886 4,799 1,586 24,875
Oct 2011 22 137 151 6,311 2,062 1,546 4,679 1,761 16,669
Nov 2011 18 81 164 5,518 2,084 2,620 5,470 2,123 18,078
Dec 2011 21 70 109 3,269 2,089 2,342 4,710 1,980 14,590
Jan 2012 16 37 134 2,576 1,955 2,227 4,443 1,606 12,994
Feb 2012 23 68 297 2,665 3,083 3,738 7,260 2,309 19,443
Mar 2012 27 123 341 2,788 3,538 4,845 8,527 3,162 23,351
Apr 2012 18 101 445 3,076 3,713 5,641 9,608 3,518 26,120
May 2012 114 170 701 5,395 5,468 8,556 14,913 7,149 42,466
Jun 2012 76 290 967 7,389 6,662 10,495 19,379 11,474 56,732
Jul 2012 18 67 512 3,026 3,269 4,837 10,073 2,939 24,741
Aug 2012 16 83 553 2,519 2,818 4,636 12,571 3,230 26,426
Sep 2012 23 67 475 1,871 2,245 7,891 10,474 2,967 26,013
Oct 2012 22 85 490 2,257 2,448 2,675 9,212 3,169 20,358
Nov 2012 32 96 477 2,072 2,354 2,478 7,750 3,427 18,686
Dec 2012 43 93 381 2,474 2,416 2,156 5,857 3,555 16,975
Grand Total 1,681 11,266 11,589 126,934 125,086 164,494 282,346 212,771 936,167

*These figures are based on the date the system was installed and are current as at 27 January 2013. These numbers are likely to increase as certificates can be created up to 12 months after the date the system was installed.

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