Almost 12,000 Australian Homes & Businesses Add Rooftop Solar In May

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Originally published on RenewEconomy.

As the large scale renewable energy industry remains at an effective standstill pending the passage of new legislation through the Senate and the latest thought bubble about wind energy, Australian households and businesses continue their rapid take-up of rooftop solar.


These graphs from Green Energy Markets show that another 11,865 systems were added in May, taking the cumulative total of the first five months to just over 62,000.  This represented a total of 57MW of added rooftop solar in May, for a total of 294MW in the year to date. Queensland households led the way.


The data confirms that commercial solar now accounts for around 22 per cent of all installations by capacity, with NSW leading the installation rate with 24MW of solar in five months to date, or around one-third of all installations by capacity.


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Giles Parkinson

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