Australia Installs 71 Megawatts Of Small-Scale Rooftop Solar In April

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Originally published on RenewEconomy.

Australia installed another 71MW of small scale rooftop solar (systems under 100kW) in April, extending its record start to the year as households and business continued to respond to high electricity prices, easing solar module prices and the rapid falls in battery storage.

According to industry statistician Sunwiz, installations from the first four months have totalled 301MW, giving it the best result for the first four months of the year, even though the number for April fell slightly behind April last year due to the Easter break and Anzac Day.

“In light of those holidays, 71 MW is a remarkable volume,” Sunwiz director Warwick Johnston says.

Queensland continued to lead the way, with 18MW of rooftop solar installations, followed by NSW (17MW) and Victoria and Western Australia (both 13MW)

But WA, where consumers face even bigger jumps in electricity charges because of the likelihood that a government subsidy will be removed, remained the big mover with a 64 per cent jump in installations in the year to date to 56MW.

Reprinted with permission.

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Giles Parkinson

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.

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