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Cracking the small-scale code – February 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 February 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 March 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 5673 small-scale systems installed nationally in February, with a total generation capacity of 23 745kW.
  • Installation rates for February are currently tracking higher than January, with 5673 systems installed compared to 4390 last month.
  • Queensland continues to have the highest level of small-scale installations across Australia with 1630 systems installed in February.
  • There were 4 small-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed with battery storage in February bringing the total to 1181.
  • New South Wales again had the highest number of commercial sized (10-100kW) small-scale solar PV systems installed in February, with 59 systems installed. 
  • There were 179 commercial sized small-scale solar PV systems (10 – 100kW) installed Australia-wide in February.
  • New South Wales had the largest small-scale PV system installed in February at 99.2kW.

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 February 2016, their running total since the scheme commenced in 2001, and the installed capacity for the current month.

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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 37 small-scale systems in February, which is an increase from the 27 installations in January.
  • Kaleen (postcode area 2617) was the top performing suburb in the Australian Capital Territory in February with 3 new installations. 
  • Phillip (postcode area 2606) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in February at 20.28kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 30 per cent of the small-scale installations in the Australian Capital Territory in February, which is an increase from 22 per cent in January.



 
  • New South Wales had the second highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in February (moving from third place in January), 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 panels installed in February with 59 installations, with 25 per cent of these installations between 20-50kW.
  • Dubbo (postcode area 2830) was the top performing suburb in New South Wales in February with 11 new installations, followed closely by Orange (postcode area 2800) and Port Macquarie (postcode area 2444) with 10 installations respectively.
  • Moama (postcode area 2731) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in New South Wales in February at 99.2kW.





  • The Northern Territory installed 36 small-scale systems in February, which is an increase from 20 installations in January.
  • Zuccoli (postcode area 0832) was the top performing postcode in the Northern Territory in February with 4 new installations. 
  • Malak (postcode area 0812) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in the Northern Territory in February at 30kW.


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  • Queensland continued 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 1630 small-scale installation in Queensland in February, which represents a 17 per cent increase on January installation figures. 
  • Narangba (postcode area 4504) was the top performing suburb in Queensland in February with 13 new installations.
  • Acacia Ridge (postcode area 4110) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in Queensland in February at 39.78kW.
  • Queensland had 43 commercial sized small-scale solar PV systems installed in February, with 63 per cent of these installations between 10–15kW.



 

  • South Australia installed 524 small-scale systems in February, which is an increase from January, representing 9 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Parafield Gardens (postcode area 5107), Murray Bridge (postcode area 5253) and Hallett Cove (postcode area 5158) were the top performing suburbs in South Australia in February with 9 new installations each.
  • Netley (postcode area 5037), Cummins (postcode area 5631), Virginia (postcode area 5120) and Edwardstown (postcode area 5039) had the largest small-scale solar PV systems installed in South Australia in February at 30kW each. 
  • South Australia had 19 commercial sized small-scale solar PV systems installed in February, with 68 per cent of these installations between 10-15kW.




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  • Tasmania installed 120 small-scale systems in February, which represents a 26 per cent increase on January installation figures, and 2 per cent of the total installed capacity across Australia this month.
  • Longford (postcode area 7301) was the top performing suburbs in Tasmania in February with 6 new installations.
  • Bridgewater (postcode area 7030) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in Tasmania in February at 30kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 21 per cent of the small-scale installations in Tasmania in February.




 
  • Victoria installed 895 small-scale systems in February, which represents 18 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month. This is an increase on the 516 January installations.
  • Pakenham (postcode area 3810) was the top performing suburb in Victoria in February with 18 new installations.
  • Cairnlea (postcode area 3023) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in Victoria in February at 49.92kW.
  • Victoria had 28 commercial sized small-scale solar PV systems installed in February, with 36 per cent of these installations between 20 -50kW.





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  • Western Australia had the third highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in February, representing 21 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Western Australia installed 1192 small-scale systems in February which is an increase from 1079 installations in January.
  • Baldivis (postcode area 6171) was the top performing suburb in Western Australia in February with 37 new installations. 
  • Oxleigh (postcode area 6090) and Beechboro (postcode area 6030) had the largest small-scale solar PV systems installed in Western Australia in February at 39.6kW each.
  • Western Australia installed 19 commercial sized small-scale solar PV systems in February, with 47 per cent of these installations between 20 -50kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 19 per cent of the small-scale installations in Western Australia in February.​

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