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Postcode data for small-scale installations

25 May 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 30 April 2020.

Small-scale installations by installation year

There are a total of 3,645,379 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
2016-132,694
1062,018 194,722
2017-174,939
1064,143
239,092
2018-
224,840
-
66,976
291,816
2019
-280,267
1
62,270
342,538
2020
-85,977
-
11,549
97,526
Grand total 18 2,408,138 424 1,236,799 3,645,379

Small generation unit (SGU) installations

Installation quantityRated output (kW)
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels2,408,138
10,966,111
Wind4241469
Hydro1838
Total SGU installations 2,408,580 10,967,618

Note: total may not sum due to rounding

Solar water heater (SWH) installations

Installation quantity
Air source heat pumps277,232
Solar water heaters959,567
Total SWH installations
1,236,799

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
---------
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
2015106633,477119739,50712,081202031,354
20,797 141,499
2016100129,496174534,42212,604248726,740
24,199 132,694
2017194643,250
195046,448
16,190239331,358
31,404 174,939
20183206
59,323
2365
55,086
21,894
2641
47,216
33,109
224,840
20193724
76,384
3436
70,031
26,641
2869
60,695
36,487
280,267
2020
1042
24,129
914
21,659
8606
932
16,651
12,044
85,977
Total 27,474 560,076 15,641 693,311 279,027 37,617 461,532 333,460 2,408,138

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
2019950
7297
963
10,836
2944
1446
29,377
8457
62,270
2020
328
1284
95
2220
880
288
4365
2089
11,549
Total 12,945 289,160 21,035 296,498 66,254 15,823 346,905 188,179 1,236,799

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
2019323
1432
22
2688
2043
90
1172
306
8076
2020
83
336
11
239
995
23
252
154
2093
Total 1035 6595 69 5548 4318 399 4171 1171 23,306

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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