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From 1 April 2001 to 31 December 2013, 2,020,647 small-scale installations created valid certificates in the REC Registry.

Of these, 61,376 solar water heaters (solar hot water systems and air source heat pumps) and 220,848 small generation units created valid certificates between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013. Of the small generation unit installations, solar panels made up 99.99 per cent, with relatively small contributions by wind and hydro comprising the remaining 0.01 per cent.

During 2013, approximately 4,250 solar water heaters and 15,650 small generation units were installed each month, a decrease compared to approximately 5,790 and 28,600 respectively per month in 2012.

The data presented in graphs 5, 6 and 7 are based on the date the system was installed and were current at 4 February 2014. The 2013 numbers are likely to increase because certificates can be created up to 12 months after the installation date.

Graph 5 represents valid certificates created by solar water heaters. Solar hot water systems accounted for 86 per cent of certificates validated in 2013, while air source heat pumps equated to 14 per cent.

Graph 5: Certificates validated for solar hot water system and air source heat pump installations, 2009 to 2013

See following table for graph data
RECs Passed Audit QuantitySolar Water Heater (SWH) - Air Sourced Heat PumpSolar Water Heater (SWH) - SolarGrand Total
2009398070538905947871299
Q1 20097238086389281362736
Jan 2009259170143510402680
Feb 2009209495205240414735
Mar 2009255143290178545321
Q2 2009124365911251442368803
Apr 2009295217299110594327
May 2009424409389570813979
Jun 2009524033436464960497
Q3 2009132964510908902420535
Jul 2009554941401545956486
Aug 2009414438332276746714
Sep 2009360266357069717335
Q4 200968359310356321719225
Oct 2009289296358674647970
Nov 2009185258352320537578
Dec 2009209039324638533677
2010114976131245454274306
Q1 20102178958213571039252
Jan 201068922260312329234
Feb 201065403283218348621
Mar 201083570277827361397
Q2 20103855748011381186712
Apr 2010102896224317327213
May 2010109061278686387747
Jun 2010173617298135471752
Q3 20102361478016981037845
Jul 201078398281031359429
Aug 201085923265457351380
Sep 201071826255210327036
Q4 20103101457003521010497
Oct 201061528240292301820
Nov 2010102449256014358463
Dec 2010146168204046350214
201154587825755583121436
Q1 2011129078627777756855
Jan 201131809163221195030
Feb 201143596208077251673
Mar 201153673256479310152
Q2 2011158466799378957844
Apr 201143915225504269419
May 201153688258093311781
Jun 201160863315781376644
Q3 2011144325612181756506
Jul 201149065196602245667
Aug 201147411215621263032
Sep 201147849199958247807
Q4 2011114009536222650231
Oct 201140327219491259818
Nov 201139189164070203259
Dec 201134493152661187154
201237645916140751990534
Q1 201291559402222493781
Jan 201225554101247126801
Feb 201235853154233190086
Mar 201230152146742176894
Q2 2012101376423223524599
Apr 201229891121480151371
May 201239809157481197290
Jun 201231676144262175938
Q3 201296076388621484697
Jul 201229557132679162236
Aug 201232160134129166289
Sep 201234359121813156172
Q4 201287448400009487457
Oct 201228082134768162850
Nov 201235677144713180390
Dec 201223689120528144217
201324358114099851653566
Q1 201360586308585369171
Jan 20131892186701105622
Feb 201321050105056126106
Mar 201320615116828137443
Q2 201365749381560447309
Apr 201321831119810141641
May 201324499134266158765
Jun 201319419127484146903
Q3 201364199374121438320
Jul 201323637129341152978
Aug 201320909127011147920
Sep 201319653117769137422
Q4 201353047345719398766
Oct 201322309129437151746
Nov 201316959118828135787
Dec 20131377997454111233
Grand Total62963841261475718911141

Graph 6 represents valid certificates created by small generation units. The total number of small generation units installed in 2013 was 187,837. Of these around
7 per cent, or 13,196 systems, received ‘solar credits’.

The solar credits mechanism was introduced in 2009 to provide an additional financial incentive for solar panel installations by multiplying the number of certificates these systems could create. The mechanism ceased on 30 June 2013.

Graph 6: Small-scale generation units and solar credits, 2009 to 2013

See following table for graph data

SGUs = small generation units; STCs = small-scale technology certificates

Installation DateSGUs without solar creditsSGUs received solar creditsSTCs validated without solar creditsSTCs validated received solar credits
Jan 200921730550530
Feb 200929940752890
Mar 200935810932020
Apr 200934330899800
May 2009408801061370
Jun 20094315381108534235
Jul 2009499517713094619046
Aug 2009530941914709743848
Sep 200950351242172456138401
Oct 200961301692213797192177
Nov 200975241757255410199108
Dec 200959962081238372236562
Jan 201060952314236961267458
Feb 201069113390311004398670
Mar 201078465396430822637236
Apr 201065636866453948819287
May 2010739993005734661113039
Jun 20106712114646826211381193
Jul 20102645141806995741710715
Aug 2010957164427548251995517
Sep 2010758182718371372219768
Oct 2010697204819221242489868
Nov 20107382425311107552948835
Dec 2010507181628289662199513
Jan 20115562491511791393035999
Feb 20115722829313074773443374
Mar 20116913484416199504233143
Apr 20115343264915352473967805
May 20116274966823428556041021
Jun 20118276804333750468238858
Jul 20119832123710866661455031
Aug 201112732085411326601348894
Sep 201120632281513327841423192
Oct 2011125915411891895976987
Nov 2011206516015979169996778
Dec 201198013616802064840334
Jan 201273912279693965751778
Feb 201210751848710200541124584
Mar 201210542257812452691367191
Apr 20129852556914242851541024
May 201212994217924393272547477
Jun 201212335798035842693514777
Jul 20121371244071572333733981
Aug 20121776262171766841790545
Sep 20121926264961878106784812
Oct 20122291203181472336616441
Nov 20122325201801485135612108
Dec 20121434291302134740882469
Jan 20131061543651031737132902
Feb 2013122653132111161294962
Mar 2013139412022119347661432
Apr 2013152851211124502737054
May 2013186451105156428933820
Jun 2013199991361177669541615
Jul 20131618012450460
Aug 20131429711386940
Sep 20131398811667580
Oct 20131581313234220
Nov 20131440811991210
Dec 201392058180740

Graph 7 represents the number of solar panel installations registered by state and territory. The greatest number of solar panel installations in 2013 was in Queensland (36 per cent) followed by New South Wales (17 per cent) and Victoria (16 per cent).

Graph 7: Solar panel installations by state, 2009 to 2013

See following table for graph data
Installations QuantityNTACTTASSAWAVICQLDNSWGrand Total
Jan 20091022324213962965444492170
Feb 20091735195445245157106262990
Mar 200916253961265445110107663573
Apr 2009651325986553769337783429
May 2009832336808735639948994082
Jun 20095473752578646415479344345
Jul 2009163061613893649185310545169
Aug 20091598186731935749161613945724
Sep 200922119266703834957170216656268
Oct 200921130301109213551017223416687818
Nov 200952120253116517171093284720329279
Dec 2009279419388515351299229317438069
Jan 2010288819878415091948214117028398
Feb 201064145174905157126252523228810295
Mar 2010681962341005201334883074315013228
Apr 2010692772711170168233473048354913413
May 2010672362381463204943523632464916686
Jun 2010693212571323192135924634604318160
Jul 201058150861149194624414301667716808
Aug 201043159521275198220884663712817390
Sep 201081146871613175826204597812019022
Oct 201043175941673194429495090920221170
Nov 20102820811922482190335063391050224984
Dec 201019222792097172828764655697818654
Jan 20111126411025753049327847841139525466
Feb 2011144717534443446401465131081028850
Mar 20113159418045744329554787901148335528
Apr 2011486231914670437153798446945133179
May 2011561384354667171348137145671198650289
Jun 201111723115869603951612150204671411768867
Jul 2011274051694926425238896664188822220
Aug 2011183371445380472244265410169022127
Sep 2011312071426611461368864799158624875
Oct 2011221371516311206215464679176116669
Nov 201118811645518208426205471212318079
Dec 201121701093270208923424713198214596
Jan 201216371342588195822284449160713017
Feb 201223702972684310037587302232719561
Mar 2012271263462835358248718649319623632
Apr 2012181064463122379656999805356226554
May 201211418471255405609871915306729343477
Jun 20128432310007713700610965202141190859213
Jul 2012188453231223393504310499308625777
Aug 2012209756726632945500013310338827990
Sep 2012237949520122354896611312318028421
Oct 20122910653325142655302510239350722608
Nov 2012431375672493262531779235422722504
Dec 2012981737354565363047539931667930564
Jan 2013581225321734214124475092285414980
Feb 2013701276811736213925924757329515397
Mar 2013651267241727182927615812291915963
Apr 2013681025881568207928226717255216496
May 2013921355431698215128929168307119750
Jun 20137610342816481881261412192241821360
Jul 20131552884531939173327046074283416180
Aug 2013504913982536139424514270270714297
Sep 2013655035273091125923083744249113988
Oct 2013691148983779164327723754278415813
Nov 201385938803159145227213646237114407
Dec 20135035416170810881678244817809203
Grand Total266913747192481570011485592012853602082503041153021

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