Year-to-date Australian solar uptake lags behind previous years

A total of 100MW of rooftop solar was installed around Australia in the first two months of 2016, according to the latest data supplied by Green Energy Markets.

With more than half of this (55MW) added in February, the figures still represent a drop on figures from two years ago, with Queensland – the biggest market in Australia over the last few years – falling nearly 20 per cent.

This is despite the aim by the state Labor government to accelerate the installation of rooftop solar and more than double the number of homes with rooftop solar to one million by 2020.

Green Energy Markets solar year to date 2016

Victoria overtook NSW as the second biggest market in the country and is now snapping at the heels of the Queensland market, while WA, Tasmania and the ACT also record strong growth over a year ago.

NSW remained the largest market for commercial solar, with more than one quarter of the 23MW installed across the country in the first two months of the year.

Victoria remains the biggest market for solar hot water systems, with nearly one third of the 7,106 systems installed so far this year.

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Giles Parkinson

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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