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Postcode data for small-scale installations

20 August 2019
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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 July​ 2019.

Small-scale installations by installation year

There are a total of 3,364,344 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
2016-132,6781062,018 194,706
2017-174,906
1064,142
239,058
2018-224,143
-66,039
290,182
2019-133,416
-27,306
160,722
Grand total 18 2,174,555 423 1,189,348 3,364,344

Small generation unit (SGU) installations

Installation quantityRated output (kW)
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels2,174,555
9,151,583
Wind4231464
Hydro1838
Total SGU installations 2,174,996 9,153,085

Note: total may not sum due to rounding

Solar water heater (SWH) installations

Installation quantity
Air source heat pumps261,477
Solar water heaters927,871
Total SWH installations 1,189,348

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---------
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
2014122537,210102657,74815,166420740,06123,496 180,139
2015106633,477119739,50712,081202031,34520,797 141,490
2016100129,496174534,42212,604248726,72424,199 132,678
2017194643,219
195046,44616,190239331,358
31,404 174,906
20183181
59,156
2361
54,921
21,834
2634
47,026
33,030
224,143
20191607
35,115
1500
34,20912,073
1223
29,778
17,911
133,416
Total 24,290 494,480 12,787 635,663 255,793 35,032 413,749 302,761 2,174,555

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

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
2017705897096512,0242617103429,1258702 64,142
2018686
8827
959
11,953
2809
1115
31,411
8279 66,039
2019281
3332
422
5467
1174
741
11,487
4402
27,306
Total 11,909 283,861 20,371 288,842 63,563 14,819 323,975 182,008 1,189,348

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

YearACTNSWNTQLDSATASVICWATotal
201482083129345137169 693
20153133118621616324 537
201610566863311301824070 1568
201720519421885647993845212 4650
20183061865811126151631340236 5645
2019 156 695 8 1559 499 47 459 110 3533
Total 783 5511 44 4173 1778 332 3184 821 16,626

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 2018, with all data aggregated from 2001 to 2017. 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 2001 - 2017 see Historical postcode data files.

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