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

National trends and analysis

  • There were 5 841 small-scale systems installed nationally in July, with a total generation capacity of 25 384kW.
  • Installation rates for July are currently tracking higher than June, with 5841 installed compared to 5293 last month.
  • Queensland continues to have the highest level of small-scale installations across Australia with 1732 systems installed so far in July.
  • Queensland had the highest number of commercial sized solar PV systems (10–100kW) installed in July, with 80 systems installed.
  • There were 263 commercial sized solar PV systems (10–100kW) installed Australia-wide in July.
  • Victoria has had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed so far in July at 99kW.
  • There were 58 solar PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in July, bringing the total to 1520.
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 June 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 July, which is a decrease from June installation figures.
  • Aranda (postcode area 2614) and Wanniassa (postcode area 2903) were the top performing suburbs in the Australian Capital Territory in July with 2 new installations.
 
  • New South Wales had the third highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in July, representing 18 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 July, with 78. Of these, 60 per cent were between 10–15kW.
  • Smithfield (postcode area 2164) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in New South Wales in June at 49kW.
  • Coffs Harbour (postcode area 2450) was the top performing suburb in New South Wales in July with 10 new installations.
  • There were 24 solar PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in New South Wales in July.

 
  • The Northern Territory has installed 61 small-scale systems in July which is lower than June, and represents 1 per cent of installs Australia-wide.
  • Farrar (postcode area 0830) and Lyons (postcode area 0810) were the top performing postcodes in the Northern Territory in July with 3 new installations.
  • Alyangula (postcode area 0885) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in the Northern Territory in June at 19kW.

  • Queensland continues to have the highest overall level of small-scale installations in Australia, representing 30 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • There were 1732 small-scale installations in Queensland in July which is higher than June.
  • Helensvale (postcode area 4212) and Deception Bay (postcode area 4508) are the top performing suburbs in Queensland in July with 13 new installations.
  • Pinkenba (postcode area 4008) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in Queensland in July 40kW.
  • Queensland had 80 commercial sized solar PV systems (10–100kW) installed in July, 54 per cent of these are between 10–15kW.
  • There were 14 solar PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in Queensland in July.


  • South Australia has installed 518 small-scale systems in July which is an increase from June, representing 9 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Renmark (postcode area 5341) was the top performing suburb in South Australia in July with 7 new installations, followed closely by Murray Bridge (postcode area 5254) with 6 new installations.
  • Unley (postcode area 5061) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in South Australia in July at 32kW.
  • South Australia had 31 commercial sized solar PV systems (10–100kW) installed in July, 58 per cent are between 10–15kW.

  • Tasmania has installed 116 small-scale systems in July which is a decrease from June.
  • Tasmania represents 2 per cent of the total installed capacity across Australia.
  • Beaconsfield (postcode area 7270) is the top performing suburb in Tasmania in July with 5 new installations, followed closely by Blackmans Bay (postcode area 7052) with 5 new installations.
  • Moonah (postcode area 7009) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in Tasmania in July at 31kW.

 
  • Victoria has installed 959 small-scale systems in July which is an increase from June and represents 16 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Mernda (postcode area 3754) is the top performing suburb in Victoria in July with 22 new installations.
  • Lilydale (postcode area 3140) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in Victoria in July at 99kW.
  • Victoria had 41 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in July, 56 per cent of these installations are between 10–15kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 36 per cent of the small-scale installations in Victoria in July.

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  • Western Australia had the second highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in July, representing 24 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • There were 1387 small-scale installations in Western Australia in July which is higher than June.
  • Alkimos (postcode area 6038) and Baldivis (postcode area 6171) is the top performing suburb in Western Australia in July with 30 new installations.
  • Kelmscott (postcode area 6111) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in Western Australia in June at 39kW.
  • Western Australia had 26 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in July, 50 per cent of these installations are between 20–50kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 19 per cent of the small-scale installations in Western Australia in July.

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