January 9 (Renewables Now) - Australia’s installed rooftop photovoltaic (PV) power capacity has exceeded 6.29 GW, according to the Clean Energy Regulator (CER).
As of December 1, 2017, the country had nearly 1.78 million small solar systems with a total capacity of 6,294 MW, of which 136,741 systems installed in 2017, and 419 small-scale wind systems with a combined capacity of 1.46 MW, of which just 6 installed in the past year. It also had 1.08 million solar water heaters, of which 45,336 installed in 2017.
Queensland installed the most small-scale PV systems last year, or 37,467, bringing its total to 537,521. It was followed by New South Wales with 32,871 and Western Australia with 26,304 of new rooftop PV arrays for the year.
Small-scale renewable energy capacity in Australia is being supported by feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) and the small-scale technology certificates (STCs).
Through 2017, Australia put on stream more than 1 GW of solar parks, data compiled by consultancy firm SunWiz shows. The total is a record for the country since 2012.