Solar Energy Facts and Statistics | Green Energy Enthusiast

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Solar panels continue to be installed on household rooftops in Australia at an increasing rate generating clean, renewable energy from the sun.

Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator reports that as at the end of October 2021, a total of 2.984 million solar power systems have been installed on Australian homes and small businesses. With an estimated number of 9.84 Million homes in Australia, this brings the total of all households in Australia that have solar panels to 30.33%.

Image of Australia with text explaining that 2.98 million solar power systems have been installed in Australia as at 31st October 2021.

Solar power in Australia install statistics

The total number of small-scale solar installations in Australia as 31st October 2021:

  • 2.984 Million installations
  • 30.33% of all Australian homes have solar

2020 Installation figures

In 2020, there were 370,013 small-scale system installed in Australia. New South Wales again led the way with 85,494 installations.

State: 2020 Installs: New South Wales 85,494 Victoria 61,749 Queensland 70,671 Western Australia 38,006 South Australia 23,962 Australian Capital Territory 4,243 Tasmania 3,022 Northern Territory 1,290

Source: Clean Energy Regulator

Installation figures are trending up

Installation figures are on the rise in Australia, back in 2016, there were only 132,696 systems installed. The graph below shows the rise in installs every year from 2016 through to 2020:

The graph shows the totals solar installs each year from 2016, when 132,696 systems were installed, through to 2020, when 370,013 systems were installed.

Electricity production in Australia

Renewable energy continues to contribute an increasing supply of Australia’s electricity needs. In 2020, 22.5% of Australia’s electricity came from renewable sources. Solar energy is now the largest source of renewable generation in Australia, in 2020, solar contributed 35% of all renewable generation and 8% of total electricity generation.