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Cracking the small-scale code - April 2016

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21 November 2016

​Small-scale systems installed across Australia

This map shows the total number of small-scale renewable energy systems installed under the Small-scale ​Renewable Energy Scheme in each state and territory, and the total kilowatt rated output for April 2016 and the national cumulative totals since 2001.

Monthly totals​

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*Given the 12-month period for creating small-scale technology certificates, the number of certificates for monthly installations will continue to rise. The data which informs this month’s update is accurate as at 1 May 2016. For up to date figures, please refer to the postcode data for small-scale installations.

National trends and analysis

  • Over 2.5 million Australian homes have installed a small-scale renewable energy system under the Renewable Energy Target.
  • In April, 4449 small-scale installations boosted Australia to a total of 2 511 094 installations, with a total rated output of over 4.8 million kilowatts.
  • Installation rates for April are currently tracking lower than March.
  • Queensland continues to have the highest level of small-scale installations across Australia with 1294 systems installed in April.
  • There were 167 commercial sized solar PV systems (10 – 100kW) installed Australia-wide in April.
  • New South Wales again had the highest number of commercial sized solar PV systems (10 – 100kW) installed in April, with 54 systems installed.
  • Western Australia had the largest PV system installed in April at 50kW.​

Types of small-scale systems installed in each state and territory

Each table below shows the breakdown of system types installed in each state and territory for April 2016, and the running total since the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme commenced in 2001.

Key
Solar photovoltaic Solar photovoltaic panels Solar water heater Solar water heaters
Wind turbines Wind turbines Hydro Hydro
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  • The Australian Capital Territory installed 17 small-scale systems in April, which is a decrease from 36 installations in March.
  • Mitchell (postcode area 2911) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in the Australian Capital Territory in April at 19.95kW.
  • Solar water heaters represented 24 per cent of the small-scale installations in the Australian Capital Territory in April.
 
  • New South Wales had the second highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in April, representing 22 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • New South Wales had 54 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in April, with 74 per cent of these installations between 10-15kW.
  • Port Macquarie (postcode area 2444) was the top performing suburb in New South Wales in April with 12 new installations.
  • Cobar (postcode area 2835) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in New South Wales in April at 49.92kW.
 
  • The Northern Territory installed 46 small-scale systems in April, a slight decrease from 48 installations in March.
  • There were no solar water heaters installed in the Northern Territory in April.
  • Muirhead (postcode area 0810) was the top performing postcode in the Northern Territory in April with 6 new installations.
  • Queensland continues to have the highest overall level of small-scale installations in Australia, representing 29 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • There were 1294 small-scale installations in Queensland in April, which is a decrease on the previous three-m​onth trend of around 1600 installations.
  • Forest Lake (postcode area 4078) was the top performing suburb in Queensland in April with 11 new installations, followed closely by Toowoomba (postcode area 4350) with 10 new installations.
  • Marcoola (postcode area 4564) and Normanton (postcode area 4890) had the largest small-scale PV systems installed in Queensland in April at 31.5kW each.
  • Queensland had 31 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in April, with 61 per cent of these between 10–15kW.
  • South Australia installed 419 small-scale systems in April, representing 9 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Paringa (postcode area 5340) was the top performing suburb in South Australia in April with 28 new installations, which accounts for 7 per cent of South Australia’s installations this month.
  • St Mary’s (postcode area 5042), Tailem Bend (postcode area 5260), Thebarton (postcode area 5031) and Beachport (postcode area 5280) had the largest small-scale PV systems installed in South Australia in April at 30kW each.
  • South Australia had 25 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in April, with 64 per cent of these between 10–15kW.
  • Tasmania installed 83 small-scale systems in April which again represents 2 per cent of the total installed capacity across Australia.
  • New Norfolk (postcode area 7140) was the top performing suburb in Tasmania in April with 4 new installations.
  • Howrah (postcode area 7018) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in Tasmania in April at 15kW.
  • Solar water heaters represented 24 per cent of the small-scale installations in Tasmania in April.
 
  • Victoria installed 655 small-scale systems in April which represents 15 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Point Cook (postcode area 3030) is the top performing suburb in Victoria in April with 11 new installations, followed closely by Tarneit (postcode area 3029) with 10 installations.
  • Highton (postcode area 3216) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in Victoria in April at 30.16kW, followed closely by Hadfield (postcode area 3046) with a 30kW installation.
  • Victoria had 29 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in April, with 52 per cent of these installations between 10-15kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 24 per cent of the small-scale installations in Victoria in April.
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  • Western Australia had the third highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in April, representing 21 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Baldivis (postcode area 6171) was again the top performing suburb in Western Australia in April with 24 new installations, followed closely again by Alkimos (postcode area 6038) with 17 installations.
  • Broome (postcode area 6725) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in Western Australia in April at 50kW.
  • Western Australia had 24 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in April, with 42 per cent of these installations between 20 -50kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 20 per cent of the small-scale installations in Western Australia in April, consistent with the last few months.
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