Queensland shines in solar stakes
According to the latest data from the Clean Energy Regulator and the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA), Queensland homes boast over 247,000 PV solar installations – more than any other state or territory.
Nationwide, more than 850,000 homes have solar panels – that’s 10 per cent of all Australian homes.
The SEA says Australia is expected to have more than one million homes with solar panels by June 2013.
New South Wales is hot on Queensland’s heels in the solar panel stakes, and had 212,531 PV installations at the end of June 2012.
Figures for the rest of Australia are: Victoria (149,334 installations), South Australia (123,021), Western Australia (116, 609) Tasmania (9,802) and the Northern Territory (1,733).
The towns with the largest number of PV panels are Caloundra, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay (all QLD) and Mandurah in Western Australia.
Each of these centres has more than 10MW of solar panels installed. Combined, they generate more energy than Australia’s largest solar farm, which recently commenced operating in Western Australia.