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Postcode data for small-scale installations

19 November 2021
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Every month the Clean Energy Regulator publishes small-scale renewable energy installation data files.

These data files provide a list of:

  • small generation units (SGU) (small-scale solar panel, wind and hydro systems) and kilowatt (kW) capacity by installed postcode, and
  • solar water heaters (SWH) and air source heat pumps by installed postcode.

The data represents all systems that have had certificates validly created against them. The data includes new installations, upgrades to existing systems and stand-alone (off-grid) systems.

This data is not publicly available via the REC Registry and does not include systems that are pending registration or have been failed by the Clean Energy Regulator.

Note: A 12 month creation period for registered persons to create small-scale technology certificates applies under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000. Therefore the 2019 and 2020 figures will continue to rise due to the 12 month creation period.

Summary of postcode data

This data is current as at 31 October 2021.

Small-scale installations by installation year

There are a total of 4,353,691 small-scale installations.

Installation yearHydro systems (Deemed)Solar PV panel systems (Deemed)Wind systems (Deemed)Solar water heaters (including air source heat pumps)Total
200131181810,075 10,214
2002-2511121,839 22,101
2003-6641328,653 29,330
2004-10891730,991 32,097
2005-14061133,964 35,381
2006-1115635,924 37,045
2007-34801250,977 54,469
2008114,0644385,385 99,493
2009562,91658194,695 257,674
20103198,208136127,093 325,440
20111360,74544105,050 465,840
20122343,320869,466 412,796
20132200,407358,299 258,711
20141180,1391158,728 238,879
2015-141,500
1258,704
200,216
2016-132,696
1062,018 194,724
2017-174,941
1064,144
239,095
2018-
224,850
-
66,976
291,826
2019
-284,014
1
65,357
349,372
2020
2370,013
-
74,324
444,339
2021
-288,437
-
66,212
354,649
Grand total 20 2,984,373 424 1,368,874 4,353,691

Small generation unit (SGU) installations

Installation quantityRated output (kW)
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels2,984,373
15,677,181
Wind4241,469
Hydro2051
Total SGU installations 2,984,817 15,678,700


Note: total may not sum due to rounding.

Solar water heater (SWH) installations

Installation quantity
Air source heat pumps345,547
Solar water heaters1,023,327
Total SWH installations
1,368,874

Installation numbers for small-scale systems by state/territory

Small generation unit - hydro (deemed)

ACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWATotal
2001-1-1--1- 3
2002-------- -
2003-------- -
2004-------- -
2005-------- -
2006-------- -
2007-------- -
2008----1--- 1
2009-1---121 5
2010---1--2- 3
2011-----1-- 1
2012-----2-- 2
2013-----2-- 2
2014--1----- 1
2015-------- -
2016---------
2017---------
2018---------
2019---------
2020
-----2--2
2021
---------
Total - 2 1 2 1 8 5 1 20

Small generation unit - solar (deemed)

ACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWATotal
2001-1263341-1511 118
2002-2387110711922 251
200331341015024699814 664
20042235223283001715233 1089
20054291353393801325490 1406
20061021623195413420054 1115
20074877926475103725828262 3480
20082782890883087345616120362068 14,064
200980314,00821518,28385691452842911,157 62,916
2010232369,98863748,69716,7051889
35,67622,293 198,208
2011686080,27240195,30363,553247560,21451,667 360,745
2012152253,961513130,25241,851636466,20442,653 343,320
2013241133,998102471,19729,187765833,33221,600 200,407
2014122537,210102657,74815,166420740,06123,496 180,139
2015106633,478119739,50712,081202031,354
20,797 141,500
2016100129,497174534,42312,604248726,740
24,199 132,696
2017194643,252
195046,448
16,190239331,358
31,404 174,941
20183,206
59,329
2,365
55,087
21,894
2,641
47,216
33,112
224,850
2019 3,799 77,628 3,505 70,710 27,089 2,891 61,738 36,654 284,014
2020 5,566
110,662
3,241 88,340
36,334
3,352
74,249
48,269
370,013
20214,243
85,494
1,290
70,671
23,962
3,022
61,749
38,006
288,437
Total 36,316 733,357 19,327 831,344 331,165 43,081 581,922 407,861 2,984,373

Small generation unit - wind (deemed)

ACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWATotal
2001---611-1- 18
2002---73-1- 11
2003----11-11 13
2004-1-5713- 17
2005-3-251-- 11
2006-1-1211- 6
2007-3-71--1 12
2008-16-511164 43
2009-16-6781011 58
2010-92-14141114 136
2011-35--1-53 44
2012-2-2---4 8
2013------3- 3
2014-1----10- 11
2015----2-10- 12
2016----1-9- 10
2017-3-13-3- 10
2018-------- -
2019------1- 1
2020
-------- -
2021
-------- -
Total - 173 - 43 69 26 75 38 424

Solar water heater and air source heat pump (deemed)

ACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWATotal
20017019665814004667265542207 10,075
20022544722957769718869713984828 21,839
200343472319108827353316814756075 28,653
2004516787011448927302216018007552 30,991
2005448819611718919319321827299090 33,964
2006202764812479943241613947289601 35,924
20074538765141416,8302869350915711,139 50,977
2008100120,203123623,330510390621,20812,398 85,385
2009197485,456173136,6598794226942,12015,692 194,695
201096038,525130334,2626812143327,73316,065 127,093
2011103825,331126730,9375444172526,4461​2,862 105,050
201273410,810117118,973347389921,59411,812 69,466
2013453914588413,410298382719,60810,989 58,299
20144519641102613,433193096220,61310,672 58,728
20155728612106311,805255780323,08710,205 58,704
2016677861192011,442228194727,7029438 62,018
20177058,971
96512,0242,6171,03429,126
8,702 64,144
2018
725
8,877
987
12,020
2,850
1,126
32,085
8,306
66,976
2019971
7,561
1,041
11,214
2,998
1,475
31,520
8,577
65,357
2020 1,659 7,195
1,057
11,910
5,014
1,186
36,939
9,364
74,324
2021 789
4,990
500
10,668
4,002
997
36,594
7,672
66,212
Total 15,086300,326
22,575 317,234 74,444 17,747 418,216 203,246 1,368,874

Solar PV systems with concurrent battery storage capacity by year and state/territory

YearACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWATotal
201482083129345137169 693
20153133118621616324 537
201610566863311301824070 1568
201720519421885647993845212 4650
2018308
1876
81119
616
164
1362
236 5689
20193371,503222,7112,292941,288316 8,563
2020379
1,850
1489563,733
1031,527
781 9,477
2021267
1,886
290
904
2,060
82
1,769
1,035
8,293
Total 1,61210,066
496 7,1929,365
565 7,331 2,843 39,470

Notes: The above table is based on voluntarily disclosed data for batteries that were installed at the same time as the solar PV system.

Collection of grid-connected installations with disclosed battery data commenced in September 2014.

Postcode data files

The postcode data files are displayed by month from 2020, with all data aggregated from 2001 to 2019. The Cracking the small-scale code resource also provides some additional information about small-scale postcode data.

The public register of small-scale technology certificates (STCs) in the REC Registry allows users to search and view details of small-scale technology certificate creation.

Download data

All data in Excel format

Raw data in CSV format

Historical data

For monthly breakdowns and aggregated totals for the years 2001 - 2019 see Historical postcode data files.











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