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Cracking the small-scale code - October 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 October 2016 and the national cumulative totals since 2001.

Statistics for the map of Australia

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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 November 2016. For up to date figures, please refer to the postcode data for small-scale installations.

National trends and analysis

  • There were 5169 small-scale systems installed nationally in October, with a total generation capacity of 22,225kW.
  • Installation rates for October are currently tracking lower than September, with 5169 installed compared to 5925 last month.
  • Queensland continues to have the highest level of small-scale installations across Australia with 1595 systems installed so far in October.
  • New South Wales had the highest number of commercial sized solar PV systems (10-100kW) installed in October, with 61 systems installed.
  • There were 210 commercial sized solar PV systems (10 – 100kW) installed Australia-wide in October.
  • Queensland has had the largest small-scale PV system installed so far in October at 60kW.
  • There were 53 PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in October, bringing the total to 1961.

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 October 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 28 small-scale systems in October, which is an increase from September installation figures.
  • Wanniassa (postcode area 2903) is the top performing suburb in the Australian Capital Territory in October with 3 new installations.
  • Solar water heaters represent 36 per cent of the small-scale installations in the Australian Capital Territory in October.
  • New South Wales had the third highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in October, representing 20 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • New South Wales had the highest number of commercial sized solar PV systems (10 – 100kW) installed in October with 61, 70 per cent of these installations were between 10-15kW.
  • Mellong (postcode area 2756) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in New South Wales in October at 49.920kW.
  • Dubbo (postcode area 2830) was the top performing suburb in New South Wales in October with 12 new installations.
  • There were 24 PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in New South Wales in October.

  • The Northern Territory has installed 92 small-scale systems in October which is higher than September, and represents 2 per cent of installs Australia-wide.
  • Katherine (postcode area 0850) is the top performing postcode in the Northern Territory in October with 21 new installations.
  • Holtze (postcode area 0829) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in the Northern Territory in October at 10.140kW.

  • Queensland continues to have the highest overall level of small-scale installations in Australia, representing 31 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • There were 1595 small-scale installations in Queensland in October which is lower than September.
  • Wishart (postcode area 4122) is the top performing suburb in Queensland in October with 26 new installations.
  • Moorooka (postcode area 4105) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in Queensland in October 60kW.
  • Queensland had 58 commercial sized solar PV systems (10 – 100kW) installed in October, 57 per cent of these are between 10-15kW.
  • There were 11 PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in Queensland in October.

  • South Australia has installed 466 small-scale systems in October which is a decrease from September, representing 9 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Strathalbyn (postcode area 5255) was the top performing suburb in South Australia in October with 12 new installations, followed closely by Port Lincoln (postcode area 5607) with 9 new installations.
  • Buckland Park (postcode area 5120) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in South Australia in October at 31.200kW.
  • South Australia had 32 commercial sized solar PV systems (10-100kW) installed in October, 50 per cent are between 10-15kW.

  • Tasmania has installed 99 small-scale systems in October which is a decrease from September, representing 2 per cent of the total installed capacity across Australia.
  • Bridgewater (postcode area 7030) is the top performing suburb in Tasmania in October with 15 new installations.
  • Ulverstone (postcode area 7315) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in Tasmania in October at 10.080kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 32 per cent of the small-scale installations in Tasmania in October.


  • Victoria has installed 810 small-scale systems in October which is a slight decrease from September and represents 16 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this October.
  • Pakenham (postcode area 3810) is the top performing suburb in Victoria in October with 19 new installations, followed closely by Point Cook (postcode area 3030) with 17 new installations.
  • Kyneton (postcode area 3444) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in Victoria in October at 33.540kW.
  • Victoria had 34 commercial sized solar PV systems installed in October, 53 per cent of these installations are between 10-15kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 32 per cent of the small-scale installations in Victoria in October.

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  • Western Australia had the second highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in October, representing 21 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Byford (postcode area 6122) is the top performing suburb in Western Australia in October with 25 new installations, followed closely by Baldivis (postcode area 6171) with 22 new installations.
  • Alkimos (postcode area 6038) had the largest small-scale PV system installed in Western Australia in October at 39.894kW.
  • Western Australia had 23 commercial sized solar PV system installed in October, 48 per cent of these installations are between 20-50kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 18 per cent of the small-scale installations in Western Australia in October.

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