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WA is a rising national solar powerhouse

11 November 2016

​Western Australia has moved ahead of New South Wales for state-wide small-scale solar installation rates according to the latest data released by the Clean Energy Regulator.

The solar installation data for October shows Western Australia had 21 per cent of the small-scale solar systems installed across Australia, with New South Wales slipping to third with 20 per cent of the systems installed. Queensland is still winning the race with 31 per cent of all systems installed. 

Mark Williamson, Executive General Manager at the Clean Energy Regulator said “It’s great to see the popularity of solar power continues to rise in Western Australia.

“We have progressively seen the price of technology reduce over recent years and households are able to see not just the environmental benefits but also the cost savings they can achieve,” Mr Williamson said.

Byford and Baldivis were the two best performing suburbs in Western Australia with 25 and 22 new installations in the month of October.

There are now more than 2.6 million small-scale renewable energy systems in Australia, with more than 350 000 in Western Australia.

 “Across Australia small-scale renewable energy systems now have the capacity to generate or displace approximately 9.5 million megawatt hours of electricity each year. That is enough to power more than 1.4 million average Australian homes.” Mr Williamson added

The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme creates a financial incentive for individuals and small business owners to install small-scale renewable energy systems such as solar panel systems, small-scale wind or hydro systems, solar water heaters and air source heat pumps. Eligible systems may be entitled to small-scale technology certificates, which can be sold to recoup a portion of the cost of purchasing and installing the system.

The full small-scale renewable energy installation data set is available on postcode data for small-scale installations​. It details installations across Australia by post code per month.​


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