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Postcode data for small-scale installations

19 November 2020
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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 2018 and 2019 figures will continue to rise due to the 12 month creation period.

Summary of postcode data

This data is current as at 31 October 2020.

Small-scale installations by installation year

There are a total of 3,870,368 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
2015-141,499
1258,704 200,215
2016-132,695
1062,018 194,723
2017-174,939
1064,143
239,092
2018-
224,850
-
66,976
291,826
2019
-283,701
1
65,233
348,935
2020
1266,259
-
49,847
316,107
Grand total 19 2,591,865 424 1,278,060 3,870,368

Small generation unit (SGU) installations

Installation quantityRated output (kW)
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels2,591,865
12,427,207
Wind4241,470
Hydro1944
Total SGU installations 2,592,308 12,428,721

Note: total may not sum due to rounding

Solar water heater (SWH) installations

Installation quantity
Air source heat pumps295,370
Solar water heaters982,690
Total SWH installations
1,278,060

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
-----1--1
Total - 2 1 2 1 7 5 1 19

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
2015106633,477119739,50712,081202031,354
20,797 141,499
2016100129,496174534,42312,604248726,740
24,199 132,695
2017194643,250
195046,448
16,190239331,358
31,404 174,939
20183,206
59,329
2,365
55,087
21,894
2,641
47,216
33,112
224,850
2019 3,783
77,492
3,501
70,661
27,070
2,891
61,664
36,639
283,701
2020
3,775
80,373
2,443
65,601
27,076
2,447
48,896
35,648
266,259
Total 30,266 617,434 17,235 737,885 297,926 39,154 494,746 357,219 2,591,865

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
-------- -
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
2017705897096512,0242617103429,126
8702 64,143
2018
725
8877
987
12,020
2850
1126
32,085
8306
66,976
2019971
7,548
1,041
11,196
2,994
1,467
31,444
8,572
65,233
2020
1,108
5,048
587
8,627
3,992
930
22,399
7,156
49,847
Total 13,746 293,175 21,605 303,265 69,416 16,486 367,006 193,361 1,278,060

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
2019337
1,500
22
2,709
2,291
94
1,282
316
8,551
2020
286
1,244
79
691
3,064
77
931
489
6,861
Total 1,252 7,571 137 6,021 6,635 457 4,960 1,516 28,549

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 2019, with all data aggregated from 2001 to 2018. 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 - 2018 see Historical postcode data files.


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