December 7 (Renewables Now) - Australia has put on stream more than two million solar photovoltaic (PV) plants under its subsidy scheme for small-scale renewables, according to data by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER).
Households and businesses in Australia are incentivised to install renewable energy systems under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, which was introduced in back in 2001. Solar PV installations in that category have capacities of up to 100 kWh, while the average system size this year is 6.9 kW.
The state with the highest number of solar plants installed under the scheme for small-scale renewables is Queensland with 592,218 of facilities, followed by New South Wales with 449,577 and Victoria with 371,966. “Australia has the largest uptake of household solar installations and capacity per capita in the world, with hundreds of thousands of homes generating their own renewable energy,” said CER’s general manager Michelle Crosbie.
Since the start of 2018, small businesses have commissioned more than 16,596 PV installations, as compared to 9,663 in 2017.