Australian rooftop solar capacity now over 4GW

Just days after data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed one in five houses in Australia used some form of solar energy, new data has shown that the nation’s total rooftop solar capacity has surpassed 4GW.

The Australian Photovoltaic Institute, who provided the data via its solar map that tracks capacity, output and generation share across Australia, said the breaching of the 4GW mark means that rooftop solar capacity has risen four-fold since 2011.

APVI estimates that more than 40 per cent of households in Queensland and South Australia have solar panels.

Australian cumulative PV system installations since 2001

According to separate data from Green Energy Trading and network operators, more than 15,000 households in Australia are adding solar each month, meaning that at least 600MW has been installed in the first 10 months of the current year.

APVI said its estimates of current installation comes through its live ‘solar map‘.

It is hosting the Asia Pacific Solar conference this week, Monday through Wednesday, where more than 280 solar experts will gather in an event co-hosted by the NSW government and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

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Giles Parkinson