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Published on June 12th, 2014 | by Giles Parkinson


Australia Solar — State-by-State Chart

June 12th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Renew Economy.

Australia’s solar market may have fallen off is peaks, but it is still showing healthy growth, with a rising share of commercial based systems, particularly in NSW and South Australia.

This graph, from Green Energy Markets’ latest report, gives a fascinating insight into the state of the market in Australia (you can click on the graph to enlarge).

It gives the installation rate by MW of rooftop solar in each state. Some of the installation will be influenced by the timing of changes to various state-based feed-in tariffs.

But it is clear that Queensland remains the leader, and in recent months has actually accelerated its growth – adding at least 20MW in each of the months of February, March, April and May. At an average installation size of 4kW, that’s at least 5,000 new systems a month.

NSW and South Australia are installing the most commercial-scale solar.

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About the Author

is the founding editor of, an Australian-based website that provides news and analysis on cleantech, carbon, and climate issues. Giles is based in Sydney and is watching the (slow, but quickening) transformation of Australia's energy grid with great interest.

  • spec9

    It is amazing the way the Aussies have adopted residential solar PV. I hope the Americans adopt this as well.

  • JamesWimberley

    Giles: so you’ve changed your take on commercial solar?

    It’s gratifying that Queenslanders hare installing so much rooftop solar, since they have the most reactionary state government. This is turning into a nightmare for right-wing Aussie politicians. They think “small bunch of liberal hippies”, what they get is “large crowd of angry middle-class voters”.

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