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Cracking the small-scale code - August 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 August 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 September 2016. For up to date figures, please refer to the postcode data for small-scale installations.

National trends and analysis

  • There were 7599 small-scale systems installed nationally in August, with a total generation capacity of 33 898kW.
  • Installation rates for August are currently tracking higher than July, with 7599 installed compared to 5841 last month.
  • Queensland continues to have the highest level of small-scale installations across Australia with 2208 systems installed so far in August.
  • Queensland had the highest number of commercial sized solar PV systems (10–100kW) installed in August, with 99 systems installed.
  • There were 365 commercial sized solar PV systems (10–100kW) installed Australia-wide in August.
  • South Australia has had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed so far in August at 99kW.
  • There were 51 solar PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in August, bringing the total to 1670.

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 August 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 21 small-scale solar PV systems in August, which is an increase from July installation figures.
  • Weston (postcode area 2611) is the top performing suburb in the Australian Capital Territory in August with 3 new installations.
  • Solar water heaters represent 26 per cent of the small-scale installations in the Australian Capital Territory in August.
 
  • New South Wales had the third highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in August, representing 21 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • New South Wales had the second highest number of commercial sized solar PV systems (10–100kW) installed in August with 97. Of these, 62 per cent were between 10–15kW.
  • Smeaton Grange (postcode area 2567) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in New South Wales in August at 81kW.
  • Caddens (postcode area 2747) was the top performing suburb in New South Wales in August with 44 new installations.
  • There were 20 PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in New South Wales in August.

 
  • The Northern Territory has installed 109 small-scale systems in August which is higher than July, and represents 1 per cent of installs Australia-wide.
  • Muirhead (postcode area 0810) is the top performing postcode in the Northern Territory in August with 8 new installations, followed closely by Durack (postcode area 0838) with 7 new installations.
  • Alice Springs (postcode area 0870) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in the Northern Territory in August at 45kW.

  • 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 1805 small-scale installations in Queensland in August which is higher than July.
  • Caboolture (postcode area 4510) is the top performing suburb in Queensland in August with 20 new installations.
  • West End (postcode area 4810) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in Queensland in August 95kW.
  • Queensland had 99 commercial sized solar PV systems (10–100kW) installed in August, 41 per cent of these are between 10–15kW.
  • There were 13 PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in Queensland in August.

  • South Australia has installed 748 small-scale systems in August which is an increase from July, representing 10 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Parafield Gardens (postcode area 5107) was the top performing suburb in South Australia in August with 13 new installations.
  • Adelaide (postcode area 5000) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in South Australia in August at 99kW.
  • South Australia had 58 commercial sized solar PV systems (10–100kW) installed in August, 55 per cent are between 10–15kW.
  • There were 6 PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in South Australia in August.

  • Tasmania has installed 166 small-scale systems in August which is an increase from July.
  • Tasmania represents 2 per cent of the total installed capacity across Australia.
  • Sandy Bay (postcode area 7005) is the top performing suburb in Tasmania in August with 7 new installations.
  • Hobart (postcode area 7000) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in Tasmania in August at 29kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 22 per cent of the small-scale installations in Tasmania in August.


 
  • Victoria has installed 1117 small-scale systems in August which is an increase from July and 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 August with 24 new installations.
  • Craigieburn (postcode area 3064) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in Victoria in August at 45kW.
  • Victoria had 49 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in August, 43 per cent of these installations are between 10–15kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 29 per cent of the small-scale installations in Victoria in August.
  • There were 5 solar PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in Victoria in August.

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  • Western Australia had the second highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in August, 22 representing per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Baldivis (postcode area 6171) is the top performing suburb in Western Australia in August with 28 new installations.
  • East Perth (postcode area 6004) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in Western Australia in August at 60kW.
  • Western Australia had 54 commercial sized solar PV system installed in August, 52 per cent of these installations are between 20–50kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 17 per cent of the small-scale installations in Western Australia in August.

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