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Cracking the small-scale code – January 2016

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S​mall-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 January 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 February 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 4390 small-scale systems installed nationally in January, with a total generation capacity of 18 591kW.
  • Installation rates for January are currently tracking lower than December, with 4390 small-scale installations compared to 5676 last month.
  • There are now over 1.5 million solar photovoltaic panels (solar panels) installed across Australia.
  • Queensland continued to have the highest level of small-scale installations across Australia with 1391 solar panels installed in January.
  • There were 4 small-scale solar panels installed with battery storage in January bringing the total to 1161. 
  • There were 143 commercial sized (10 – 100kW) solar panels installed Australia-wide in January.
  • New South Wales had the largest solar panel installed in January at 99.84kW.
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 January 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 27 small-scale systems in January, which is a decrease from 33 installations in December.
  • O’Connor (postcode area 2602) was the top performing suburb in the Australian Capital Territory with 3 new small-scale systems installed in January. 
  • Pearce (postcode area 2607) had the largest small-scale solar panel installed at 7.5kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 22 per cent of all small-scale installations in the Australian Capital Territory in January.


 
  • New South Wales had the third highest quantity of small-scale installations across Australia in January (moving down from second place in November), representing 20 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • New South Wales had the highest number of commercial sized solar panels installed in January with 59 installations. Over half (54 per cent) of these installations were between 10 – 15kW, demonstrating a rise in the quantity of installations of this size.
  • Port Macquarie (postcode area 2444) was the top performing suburb in New South Wales in January with 12 new small-scale system installations.
  • Casino (postcode area 2470) had the largest solar panel installed in New South Wales in January at 99.84kW.




  • The Northern Territory installed 20 small-scale systems in January which is lower than the 40 installations in December.
  • Muirhead (postcode area 0810) was the top performing postcode in the Northern Territory in January with 4 new small-scale system installations.
  • Parap (postcode area 0820) had the largest solar panel installed in the Northern Territory in January at 50kW.

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  • Queensland continued to have the highest overall level of small-scale system installations in Australia, representing 32 per cent of the national total installed capacity in January.
  • Nerang (postcode area 4211) was the top performing suburb in Queensland in January with 19 new small-scale system installations.
  • Robina (postcode area 4226) had the largest solar panel installed in Queensland in January at 28.5kW.
  • Queensland had 28 commercial size (10-100kW) solar panels installed in January.
  • Queensland had 3 small-scale solar panels installed with battery storage in January.





 

  • South Australia installed 415 small-scale systems in January representing 9 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month. This is a decrease from 545 December installations. 
  • Parafield Gardens (postcode area 5107) was the top performing suburb in South Australia in January with 9 new small-scale system installations, followed closely by Paralowie (postcode area 5108) with 6 installations.
  • Murray Bridge (postcode area 5253) had the largest solar panel installed in South Australia in January at 30kW.



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  • Tasmania installed 74 small-scale systems in January, representing 2 per cent of the total installed capacity across Australia this month.
  • Smithton (postcode area 7330), Scottsdale (postcode area 7260) and Scamander (postcode area 7215) were the top performing suburbs in Tasmania in January with 3 new small-scale system installations respectively.
  • Forth (postcode area 7310) had the largest solar panel system installed in Tasmania in January at 10.6kW.



 
  • Victoria installed 516 small-scale systems in January which represents 13 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Croydon (postcode area 3136) was the top performing suburb in Victoria again in January, with 14 new installations.
  • Endeavour Hills (postcode area 3802) had the largest solar panel installed in Victoria in January at 50kW.
  • 11 commercial size (10-100kW) solar panels were installed in Victoria in January, with 36 per cent of these installations between 20 and 50kW.




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  • Western Australia had the second highest level of small-scale system installations across Australia in January with 1079 installations. This represents 25 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Byford (postcode area 6122) was the top performing suburb in Western Australia in January with 23 small-scale system installations, followed closely Baldivis (postcode area 6171) with 22 installations.
  • Canning Vale (postcode area 6155) had the largest solar panel installed in January at 40kW.
  • Western Australia had 23 commercial size (10-100kW) solar panels installed in January, with al​most half of these installations between 20 and 50kW.



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