Australia is well established as a global leader in the penetration of rooftop solar, but its record for large scale solar is not as impressive.
The amount of utility scale solar worldwide jumped 50 per cent in 2013 to a total of 21GW – mostly due to a number of big new projects coming online in the US, China and India.
US and China, in the last year, overtook Germany to take the top two spots in terms of accumulated capacity. India is catching up with Spain and will surely overtake it this year, and then follow three European countries – Italy, France and even the UK.
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Still there are a number of large projects in the pipeline waiting planning approval, policy certainty, and then financing. Only then might Australia push its way into the top 10 – where many people think it should be, given its huge solar resources.
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