Aussie rooftop solar installations continue apace despite RET debacle

Australian households and businesses continue their rapid take-up of rooftop solar, even as new Renewable Energy Target legislation prepares to pass through the Senate, and despite the Abbott government’s latest thought bubble about wind energy.

GEM YTD monthly pv systems

These graphs from Green Energy Markets show that another 11,865 systems were added in May, taking the cumulative total of the first five months to just over 62,000.

This represented a total of 57MW of added rooftop solar in May, for a total of 294MW in the year to date. Queensland households led the way.

GEM installed capacity residential commercial

The data confirms that commercial solar now accounts for around 22 per cent of all installations by capacity, with NSW leading the installation rate with 24MW of solar in five months to date, or around one-third of all installations by capacity.

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Giles Parkinson regularly contributes unique content to Solar Choice News. Giles is the founder and editor of clean energy industry news service RenewEconomy. He is a journalist of 30 years experience, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Financial Review, a columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the founding editor of Climate Spectator.
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