Solar Power In Australia – Information & Statistics

Australia’s home solar power revolution has been nothing short of phenomenal. When I started this site back in 2009, there were just 85,000 solar systems connected to the mains grid in Australia by the end of that year – and Australia’s first solar farm was yet to be built.

Fast forward to 2021 and more than 2.65 million solar panel systems have been installed on rooftops throughout the nation and gigawatts of large scale solar energy projects are in place, being developed or in the pipeline.

In fact, more solar panels have been installed on rooftops of homes in this country than there are people in Australia. Here’s how Australia’s small scale solar energy (systems less than 100kW capacity) revolution has progressed over the years. As you can see,  it shows no signs of slowing at this stage and if anything, it has regained significant momentum in recent years.

Year Systems Installed Running Total
2001 118  
2002 251 369
2003 664 1,033
2004 1089 2,122
2005 1406 3,528
2006 1115 4,643
2007 3480 8,123
2008 14,064 22,187
2009 62,916 85,103
2010 198,208 283,311
2011 360,745 644,056
2012 343,320 987,376
2013 200,407 1,187,783
2014 180,139 1,367,922
2015 141,490 1,509,412
2016 132,677 1,642,089
2017 174,761 1,816,850
2018 224,838 2,0416,88
2019 283,952 2,325,861
2020 333,978 2,659,839
Total 2,659,839  
Source: Clean Energy Regulator  

Note: due to the way the Clean Energy Regulator collects its statistics, the figure above for 2020 will continue to increase during 2021. The Regulator also reviews its statistics from time to time, so figures may vary.

Collectively, the 2,659,839 systems noted represent nearly 13 gigawatts of electricity generation capacity! At the time of writing, around 505W of small scale PV had been installed per Australian.

So, Is Solar Worth It In Australia In 2021?

Home solar installations will continue to pick up pace in Australia in 2021 for a simple reason – it’s certainly still worth it to get panels installed on your rooftop in order to slash your electricity bills. The generous solar rebate is still available, feed in tariff incentives still apply and the cost of solar panels has continued to drop. Combined, these elements make simple payback on a system very rapid in a situation where a home has a compatible rooftop.

You can find out how much you can save on your electricity bills and your estimated payback time using my solar calculator.

Solar Energy Information For Each Australian State

From the southern extreme of Tasmania, to the tip of the top end of this great country, solar power is making its mark everywhere in Australia; helping families and businesses take control of their electricity costs and reducing their energy related carbon footprint.

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Solar Energy In Your Town Or Suburb

To provide more granular information, we maintain a huge database on solar energy in most Australian locations. You can find up-to-date details and statistics such as the number of installations, expected performance for different sized systems and much, much more for just about every Australian postcode.

Wherever you are in this sun-soaked country, if you’re ready to start harnessing solar energy to slash your electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions, submit for up to 3 solar quotes from hand-picked Australian installers I have personally carefully screened and trust to provide you with a good quality system that is competently installed. Quality of components and installation is key to making the most of what solar power has to offer and avoiding headaches down the track.

Still deliberating on whether solar panels are right for you or not sure where to start? Check out my book, The Good Solar Guide – free to read online. It takes the mystery and confusion from the solar buying process in Australia; showing you how many panels you’ll require, recommended panel brands to buy (plus tips for avoiding crap panels), solar advice on other components and how to locate a great installer. 

The seven-step process detailed in the guide, which was developed over a decade in the industry, takes you through understanding, evaluating, purchasing, installing and using solar energy to ensure it delivers on its promise of tiny electricity bills.

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