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Postcode data for small-scale installations

11 October 2018
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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 2016 and 2017 figures will continue to rise due to the 12 month creation period.

Summary of postcode data

This data is current as at 30 September 2018.

Small-scale installations by installation year

There are a total of 3,087,650 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
2015-141,4901258,704 200,206
2016-132,6771062,018 194,705
20170174,4081063,902238,320
20180136,972037,977174,949
Grand total 18 1,953,469 423 1,133,740 3,087,650

Small generation unit (SGU) installations

Installation quantityRated output (kW)
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels1,953,4697,513,597
Wind4231464
Hydro1838.105
Total SGU installations 1,953,910 7,515,099

Solar water heater (SWH) installations

Installation quantity
Air source heat pumps243,441
Solar water heaters890,299
Total SWH installations 1,133,740

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---------
Total - 2 1 2 1 6 5 1 18

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
2010232369,98863748,69716,705188935,67622,293 198,208
2011686080,27240195,30363,553247560,21451,667 360,745
2012152253,961513130,25241,851636466,20442,653 343,320
2013241133,998102471,19729,187765833,33221,600 200,407
2014122537,210102657,74815,1664,20740,06123,496 180,139
2015106633,477119739,50712,0812,02031,34520,797 141,490
2016100129,495174534,42212,6042,48726,72424,199 132,677
2017194043,060193946,26816,151238931,28731,374174,408
2018199437,906131034,73313,724168323,90121,721136,972
Total 21,490 437,955 10,225 581,088 235,571 32,854 360,775 273,511 1,953,469

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---------
Total - 173 - 43 69 26 74 38 423

Solar water heater and air source heat pump (deemed)

ACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWATotal
20017019665814004667265542207 10,075
20022544,722957769718869713984828 21,839
200343472319108827353316814756075 28,653
2004516787011448927302216018007552 30,991
2005448819611718919319321827299090 33,964
2006202764812479943241613947289601 35,924
20074538,765141416,8302869350915711,139 50,977
2008100120,203123623,330510390621,20812,398 85,385
2009197485,456173136,65987942,26942,12015,692 194,695
201096038,525130334,2626812143327,73316,065 127,093
2011103825,331126730,9375444172526,44612,862 105,050
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
20176978,92895911,9992,6091,02928,9998,68263,902
20183375,0574167,6591,65964216,6215,58637,977
Total 11,271 276,717 19,400 279,056 61,231 13,600 297,572 174,893 1,133,740

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

YearACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWATotal
201482083129345137169 693
20153133118621616324 537
201610566863311301824070 1,568
20172051,93918853479938422124,641
20181811,23437464651017501433,623
Total 502 4,182 31 2,245 1,129 223 2,132 618 11,​062

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 2017, with all data aggregated from 2001 to 2016. 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.

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Historical data

For monthly breakdowns and aggregated totals for the years 2013 - 2017 see Historical postcode data files.

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