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Cracking the small-scale code - May 2016

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21 November 2016

​Small-scale systems installed acro​ss 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 May 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 June 2016. For up to date figures, please refer to the postcode data for small-scale installations.

National trends and analysis

  • There was 6070 small-scale systems installed nationally in May, with a total generation capacity of 25 373kW.
  • Installation rates for May are currently tracking higher than April, with 6070 installed compared to 4449 last month — an increase of 36 per cent.
  • Queensland continues to have the highest level of small-scale installations across Australia with 1730 systems installed in May.
  • Queensland had the highest number of commercial sized small-scale solar PV systems
    (10–100kW) installed in May, with 72 systems installed.
  • There were 216 commercial sized small-scale solar PV systems (10 – 100kW) installed
    Australia-wide in May.
  • New South Wales had the largest small-scale PV system installed in May at 99.64kW.
  • 12 small-scale solar PV systems installed in May included battery storage.

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 May 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 42 small-scale systems in May, which is a significant increase from 17 installations in April.
  • Coombs (postcode area 2611) is the top performing suburb in the Australian Capital Territory in May with 3 new installations.
  • Solar water heaters represent 21 per cent of the small-scale installations in the Australian Capital Territory in May.
 
  • New South Wales had the third highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in May, representing 20 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • New South Wales had the second highest number of commercial sized small-scale solar PV systems (10 – 100kW) installed in May with 63 systems installed, 59 per cent of these installations were between 10 – 15kW.
  • Narrabri (postcode area 2390) and Broken Hill (postcode area 2880) were the top performing suburbs in New South Wales in May with 11 new installations respectively.
  • Hanwood (postcode area 2680) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in New South Wales in May at 49.92kW.
 
  • The Northern Territory installed 98 small-scale systems in May which represents 2 per cent of installs Australia-wide.
  • Muirhead (postcode area 0810) was the top performing postcode in the Northern Territory in May with 11 new installations, followed closely by Alice Springs (postcode area 0870) with 9 new installations.
  • Katherine (postcode area 0850) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in the Northern Territory in May at 22kW.
  • 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 1730 small-scale installations in Queensland in May, an increase from the 1294 installations in April.
  • Bellbird Park (postcode area 4300) was the top performing suburb in Queensland in May with 17 new installations, followed closely by Caboolture (postcode area 4510) with 16 installations.
  • Rockhampton (postcode area 4700) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in Queensland in May 46.8kW.
  • Queensland had 72 commercial sized small-scale solar PV systems (10 – 100kW) installed in May, 36 per cent of these were between 20-50kW.​
  • South Australia installed 452 small-scale systems in May, representing 7 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Morphett Vale (postcode area 5162) was the top performing suburb in South Australia in May with 12 new installations, followed closely by Parafield Gardens (postcode area 5107) with 9 new installations.
  • Compton (postcode area 5291) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in South Australia in May at 30kW.
  • South Australia had 20 commercial sized small-scale solar PV systems (10-100kW) installed in May — 55 per cent of these were between 10 – 15kW.
  • Tasmania installed 130 small-scale systems in May, an increase from 83 installations in April, and represents 2 per cent of the total installed capacity across Australia this month.
  • Ulverstone (postcode area 7315) was the top performing suburb in Tasmania in May with 7 new installations, followed closely by Blackmans Bay (postcode area 7052) with 6 new installations.
  • West Launceston (postcode area 7250) had Tasmania's largest small-scale solar PV system installed in in May at 10kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 18 per cent of Tasmania's small-scale installations in May.
 
  • Victoria installed 1050 small-scale systems in May which represents 17 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month. This is a significant increase from 655 installations in April.
  • Safety Beach (postcode area 3030) was the top performing suburb in Victoria in May with 22 new installations.
  • Nagambie-Locksley (postcode area 3608) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in Victoria in May at 29.9kW.
  • Victoria had 34 commercial sized small-scale solar PV systems installed in May — 59 per cent of these installations were between 10 – 15kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 25 per cent of Victoria's small-scale installations in May.
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  • Western Australia had the second highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in May, representing 22 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Alkimos (postcode area 6038) was the top performing suburb in Western Australia in May with 31 new installations.
  • Wangara (postcode area 6065) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in Western Australia in May at 36.1kW.
  • Western Australia had 24 commercial sized solar PV system installed in May — 50 per cent of these installations were between 20 – 50kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 20 per cent of Western Australia's small-scale installations in May.
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