Australian homeowners and businesses installed 1.1 GW of solar PV last year, mostly for rooftop solar, according to the Australian Clean Energy Regulator’s (CER) Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme data released yesterday.
CER said that Australians preferred larger capacity systems in 2017 to reduce costs. The average solar system capacity doubled since 2012, from 3 kW to 6 kW.
According to CER, the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme provides a financial incentive for installation of renewable energy systems through small-scale technology certificates which Renewable Energy Target liable entities have a legal obligation to buy and surrender to the Clean Energy Regulator on a quarterly basis.
“We are seeing a wide cross-section of Australians — households, community centers, schools, and small businesses — receiving