Solar Power Installed at a Record Rate in Australian Homes


The latest findings from industry analysts SunWiz revealed that August was the biggest month of the year for solar energy, with a total of 98MW of rooftop solar installed in Australian homes and businesses.

According to RenewEconomy, the result was a record level for the year-to-date which took Australia’s grand total of small scale rooftop PV above the 6GW milestone.

"In New South Wales, August continues the state’s best ever start to a second half, with total installed volume for the month climbing to 24MW, not far off its peak ‘ever’ volume. Growth is coming in the commercial 50-75kW bracket," RenewEconomy reported, based on the findings from August's SunWiz Australian PV Market Insights.

"In Queensland, the volume recovered to 26MW, with an increasing share in the 6-10kW segment putting the Sunshine State 58 per cent ahead of the YTD for the same time last year.

"Victoria climbed to 18MW, and continued strong growth in commercial PV volume to now represent 40 per cent of total volume, an noted above. The state’s 75-100kW segment is leading the way and has boosted the average solar system size to 6.8kW.

"South Australia installed a total of 9MW, at a steady average system size, putting the state 42 per cent ahead of YTD last year.

"In Western Australia, volume reached 16MW, giving the state its best ever monthly volumes and best ever year to date. WA is 52 per cent ahead of last year’s figures."SunWiz reportedly claimed the rooftop solar “installation party” is still well underway in all states of Australia with the exception of WA, and the tally is currently sitting at 6.5GW of PV, with 6GW of that being sub-100kW.

The results for August's 2017 were 47 per cent ahead of the same time last year; three months ahead of both 2015 and 2016.

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