Solar Power In Australia – Information And Statistics

Australia’s home solar power revolution has been nothing short of phenomenal. When I started this site back in 2009, there were just 63,000 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.

Today there are more than 2 million rooftops with PV panels throughout the nation and gigawatts of large scale solar energy projects in place, being developing or in the pipeline.

In fact, there are now more solar panels just on the rooftops of homes 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 1033
2004 1089 2122
2005 1406 3528
2006 1115 4643
2007 3480 8123
2008 14,064 22187
2009 62,916 85103
2010 198,208 283311
2011 360,745 644056
2012 343,320 987376
2013 200,407 1187783
2014 180,139 1367922
2015 141,490 1509412
2016 132,677 1642089
2017 174,761 1816850
2018 201,912 2018762
Total 2,018,762  
Source: Clean Energy Regulator  

Note: due to the way the Clean Energy Regulator collects its statistics, the figure above for 2018 will continue to increase during 2019. Collectively, the 2,018,762 systems noted represent close to 8 gigawatts of electricity generation capacity! At the time of writing, around 315W of small scale PV is installed per Australian.

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. Find out more about solar energy in your state:

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We maintain a huge database on solar energy in just about every Australian location! You can find details such as the number of installations, expected performance for different sized systems and much, much more.

If you’re ready to start harnessing the energy of the sun to slash your electricity bills and emissions, submit for up to 3 solar quotes from hand-picked 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), 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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