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Have you cracked the small-scale code?

30 January 2018

The Clean Energy Regulator has released Cracking the small-scale code for December.

There were 7709 small-scale systems installed nationally in December, with a total capacity of 42 211 kW.

Cracking the small-scale code provides a snapshot of the small-scale renewable energy system installations under the Renewable Energy Target's Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, including trends and developments in each state and territory.

National trends and analysis

  • There were 7709 small-scale systems installed nationally in December, with a total capacity of 42 211 kW.
  • Installation rates for December are currently tracking lower than November, with 7709 installed compared to 7944 last month.
  • Queensland continues to have the highest level of small-scale installations across Australia with 2400 systems installed so far in December.
  • Queensland had the highest number of commercial sized solar PV systems (10-100kW) installed in December, with 182 systems installed.
  • There were 518 commercial sized solar PV systems (10 – 100kW) installed Australia-wide in December.
  • There were 145 solar PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in December.

Cracking the small-scale code in 2018

To provide a clearer picture of small-scale installations in Australia, we will be moving to quarterly publications of Cracking the small-scale code in 2018.

The first publication for 2018 will be in April, encompassing January, February and March 2018 installations.

Due to the 12-month creation rule, which allows for small-scale technology certificates to be created within 12 months of a system installation, it can take a few weeks or months for system owners to create their certificates. As we use these creations as the basis for our installation data, the quarterly reporting period allows for additional data collection, and this will reflect more comprehensive installation figures.

We will continue to publish this resource on our website and issue via our email subscription service.

Please note, the Clean Energy Regulator’s postcode data for small-scale installations will continue to be updated monthly. This resource provides more detailed information for small-scale installations across every postcode in Australia.


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