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Cracking the small-scale code - October 2015

21 November 2016
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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 2015, 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 31 October 2015. 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 6209 small-scale systems installed nationally in October, with a total generation capacity of 26 158kW.
  • Installation rates for October are currently tracking higher than September, with 6209 systems installed this month compared to 5790 last month.  
  • Queensland continues to have the highest level of small-scale installations across Australia with a total of 1876 systems installed in October.
  • New South Wales has the highest number of commercial size systems installed in October, with 90 (10-100kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) installations this month.
  • Western Australia and Victoria have the largest commercial size systems installed in October both at 99.84 kilowatts (kW).
  • Certificates for two small-scale wind systems were created and validated in October, for installations that occurred in early 2015.

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 2015, 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 30 small-scale systems in October, which is an increase from both September and August installation numbers.
  • Kambah (postcode area 2902) is the top performing postcode in the Australian Capital Territory in October with three new installations this month.
  • Theodore (postcode area 2905) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed this month at 9.9kW. 

 
  • New South Wales had the second highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in October, representing 22 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Port Macquarie (postcode area 2444) was the top performing postcode in New South Wales in October with 14 new installations.
  • Batemans Bay (postcode area 2536) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in New South Wales in October at 99.6kW, followed closely by Junee (postcode area 2663) with a 99.3kW system.
  • The Northern Territory installed 47 small-scale systems in October, which is a slight increase from the 43 installations recorded in September.
  • Muirhead (postcod​e area 0810) was the top performing postcode in the Northern Territory in October, with six new installations this month.
  • Marrara (postcode area 0812) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in the Northern Territory in October at 50kW.

 

  • Queensland continues to have the highest overall level of small-scale installations in Australia, with 1 876 installations in October. This represents 30 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide this month.
  • Postcode area 4211 (which spans 17 Australia Post delivery areas) is the top performing postcode across Australia in October, with 31 new installations this month.
  • Caboolture (postcode area 4510) was the next top performing postcode in Queensland in October with 23 new installations.
  • Lakeland (postcode area 4871) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in Queensland in October at 49.9kW.


 

  • South Australia installed 552 small-scale systems in October, representing 9 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide during the month. This is an increase of over 100 installations compared with September figures. 
  • Murray Bridge (postcode area 5253) was the top performing postcode in South Australia in October with 17 new installations.

 

  • Tasmania installed 93 small-scale systems in October, representing 1 per cent of the total installed capacity across Australia. 
  • Solar water heaters represent 11 per cent of Tasmania’s small-scale installations in October.
  • Promised Land (postcode area 7306) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in October at 36.7kW.

 
  • Victoria has installed 972 small-scale systems in October which is an increase from September, and represents 16 per cent of the total installed capacity Australia-wide during the month.
  • Craigieburn (postcode area 3064) was the top performing postcode in Victoria in October with 17 new installations.
  • Wandin East (postcode area 3139) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in October at 99.84kW.
  • Solar water heaters represent 23 per cent of Victoria’s small-scale installations in October.​

  • Western Australia had 1280 small-scale systems installed in October which is an increase from the month of September. 
  • With the third highest level of small-scale installations across Australia in October, Western Australia’s installations represent 21 per cent of the total installed capacity this month.​
  • The Northern suburbs of Perth (postcode area 6065) and Mandurah (postcode area 6210) remained the top performing postcodes across Australia in October, with 53 and 44 new installations respectively.
  • Bluff Point (postcode area 6530) had the largest small-scale solar PV system installed in October at 99.84kW.

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