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Cracking the small-scale code - March 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, the total kilowatt rated output for March 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 April 2016​. For up to date figures, please refer to the postcode data for small-scale installationsCapacity figures do not include rated output for solar water heaters.​

National trends and analysis

  • There were 5649 small-scale systems installed nationally in March, with a total generation capacity of 23 119kW.
  • Installation rates for March are currently tracking slightly lower than February, with 5649 installations compared to 5673 last month. 
  • Queensland continues to have the highest level of small-scale installations across Australia with 1609 systems installed in March.
  • There were 8 small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed with battery storage in March, bringing the total to 1218.
  • New South Wales again had the highest number of commercial sized solar PV systems (10–100kW) installed, with 58 system installations in March. 
  • There were 180 commercial sized solar PV systems (10–100kW) installed Australia-wide in March.
  • New South Wales has had the largest PV system installed so far in March at 49.8kW.
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 March 2016, their running total since the scheme commenced in 2001, and the installed capacity for the current month.

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 36 small-scale systems in March, which is a slight decrease from February installation figures.
  • Coombs (postcode area 2611) was the top performing suburb in the Australian Capital Territory in March with 4 new installations. 
  • Solar water heaters represented 28 per cent of the small-scale installations in the Australian Capital Territory in March.
 
  • New South Wales had the second highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in March, representing 22 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • New South Wales again had the highest number of commercial sized solar PV systems installed in March with 58 installations, with 66 per cent of these installations between 10–15kW.
  • Broken Hill (postcode area 2880) was the top performing suburb in New South Wales in March with 16 new installations.
  • Chester Hill (postcode area 2162) and Marsfield (postcode area 2122) had the largest PV systems installed in New South Wales in March at 49.8kW.

  • The Northern Territory installed 48 small-scale systems in March, which is a 30 per cent increase on the 36 February installations.
  • Alice Springs (postcode area 0870) was the top performing postcode in the Northern Territory in March with 6 new installations. 
  • Katherine (postcode area 0850) had the largest PV system installed in the Northern Territory in March at 34.8kW, which is also an increase on installation capacity in February.

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  • Queensland continues to have the highest overall level of small-scale installations in Australia, representing 28 per cent of the national total installed capacity this month.
  • There were 1609 small-scale installations in Queensland in March, which is almost level with the 1630 installations in February. 
  • Caboolture (postcode area 4510) was the top performing suburb in Queensland in March with 16 new installations.
  • Manunda (postcode area 4870) had the largest PV system installed in Queensland in March at 36.4kW.
  • Queensland had 39 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in March, with 56 per cent of these installations between 10–15kW.
 

  • South Australia installed 509 small-scale systems in March, which is a slight decrease from February, representing 9 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Mount Gambier (postcode area 5290) was the top performing suburb in South Australia in March with 9 new installations, followed closely by Parafield Gardens (postcode area 5107) with 8 installations.
  • Buckland Park (postcode area 5120) had the largest PV system installed in South Australia in March at 30.1kW. 
  • South Australia had 28 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in March, with 54 per cent of these installations between 10–15kW. This is around 10 more commercial sized installations than in February. 
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  • Tasmania installed 137 small-scale systems in March, representing a 14 per cent increase on February installation figures.
  • Installations in Tasmania represent 2 per cent of the national total installed capacity in March.
  • Bridgewater (postcode area 7030) was the top performing suburb in Tasmania in March with 13 new installations.
  • Central Plateau (postcode area 7304) had the largest PV system installed in Tasmania in March at 11.9kW.
  • Solar water heaters represented 25 per cent of all small-scale installations in Tasmania in March.
 
  • Victoria installed 911 small-scale systems in March which represents 16 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month. 
  • Small-scale systems installed in Victoria in March represent a 2 percent increase from February.
  • Craigieburn (postcode area 3064) was the top performing suburb in Victoria in March with 15 new installations, followed closely by Cranbourne West (postcode area 3977) with 14 installations.
  • Oakleigh South (postcode area 3167) had the largest PV system installed in Victoria in March at 30kW.
  • Victoria had 28 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in March, with 61 per cent of these installations between 10–15kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 20 per cent of the small-scale installations in Victoria in March.





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  • Western Australia had the third highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in March, representing 19 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Western Australia had 1163 small-scale systems installed in March, a very slight decrease from February installation figures, however solar PV capacity increased by 6 per cent this month.
  • Baldivis (postcode area 6171) was again the top performing suburb in Western Australia in Mar​ch with 28 new installations, followed closely by Alkimos (postcode area 6038) with 24 installations. 
  • Carabooda (postcode area 6033) had the largest PV system installed in Western Australia in March at 40kW. 
  • Western Australia had 25 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in March, with 64 per cent of these installations between 20–50kW.
  • Solar water heaters continue to represent 19 per cent of the small-scale installations in Western Australia in March.
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