November 28 (Renewables Now) - Australia has put on stream 351.8 MW of small-scale renewable energy capacity in the third quarter of 2018, with solar photovoltaic (PV) plants being on top of the list.
After deploying 63,514 of small-scale renewable power plants, the country now has 3.1 million such systems with a cumulative capacity of 7.59 GW, show statistics by the Australian Clean Energy Regulator (CER), published on Tuesday. Installations brought online in the third quarter include 50,689 solar PV plants, 8,197 solar water heaters and 4,628 air source heat pumps.
The state of New South Wales was the leader in quarterly deployments with 97.1 MW of newly-commissioned capacity, followed by Queensland with 94.8 MW and Victoria with 63 MW. By number, however, Queensland takes the lead with 15,991 of new systems for July-September.
Households and businesses in Australia are incentivised to install small-scale renewable energy systems under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.