Australian Rooftop Solar Generated 7,206 GWh Of Electricity In 2016/17

Renewable Energy Index 2016-17 Benchmark Report

From July 2016 to June 2017, renewable energy in Australia generated enough electricity to power 7.1 million homes, representing 70% of all households.

The Renewable Energy Index 2016-17 Benchmark Report, prepared by Green Energy Markets and funded by GetUp!, states renewables comprised 17.2% of the electricity generated in Australia’s National and Western Australian Electricity Markets.

Green Energy Markets Director of analysis and advisory Tristan Edis said renewables represented about 7 per cent of Australia’s electricity supply just ten years ago.

The carbon reduction achieved through renewables during the 2016/17 period was equal to 25.4 million tonnes.

The report notes large-scale renewables is enjoying a boom, with 46 projects under construction representing 2,590 megawatts of capacity at the end of 2016-17; 1,259 MW of that being large-scale solar projects. The total amount of large-scale renewables under construction will provide enough work to employ 8,868 people.

Large-scale solar already in place and operational during the period generated 664 gigawatt hours of electricity.

The Rooftop Solar Panel Revolution Continues

Close to 150,000 rooftop solar power systems were installed in the year to June 2017 according to the report. These systems alone will generate enough electricity to power more than 226,000 homes and will deliver $1.6 billion in power bill savings over the next 10 years.

The benefits of rooftop PV go well beyond those being enjoyed by owners – in addition to carbon emissions reduction, the installation of these systems supported 3,769 full-time jobs.

All Australia’s rooftop solar panel systems generated 7,206 gigawatt-hours of electricity during July 2016 – June 2017.

Gigawatt hours - renewable energy in Australia

” Australia already produces enough renewable energy to power 70% of all homes. And that number is set to rise to 90% in a few years. Let’s do this,” said a statement from GetUp!.

The full Renewable Energy Index 2016-17 Benchmark Report can be downloaded here (PDF). The Index will now be published monthly.

In a separate recently released report, Green Energy Markets states renewable energy’s share of National Electricity Market generation in July reached 19.5% inclusive of rooftop solar and 17.6% excluding it.

“This is the fourth highest monthly market share (excl roof solar) achieved since January 2013,” said the firm.

Green Energy Markets notes 8 large-scale renewable energy projects received accreditation in July, including the 15MW Sunshine Coast Solar Farm in Valdora, Queensland.

About Michael Bloch

Michael caught the solar power bug after purchasing components to cobble together a small off-grid PV system in 2008. He's been reporting on Australian and international solar energy news ever since.


  1. Hi There,
    I am wondering that if anyone could help me with Alinta Energy Electricity contract for a school in WA?
    I am trying to find out the shortfall charges which is not mentioned in the contract visibly.
    All I have is Peak, Off Peak and Excess $/kWh.

    Kind Regards,

  2. 7,206 GWH is nowhere near 70% of use!
    Its more like 7% when you base it on a use per household of 10,000 KWh per year.
    Or at best 10% based on an average use per household of 7,000 KWh per year.

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