Australia breaks solar power capacity record

Australia breaks solar power capacity record

Australia has hit a new record for solar energy capacity, according to the Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI), who analysed data from the Clean Energy Regulator.

The data revealed that Australia has a total of 6GW of installed solar power, enough to meet the electricity demands of 1.3 million households, equivalent to nearly all homes in Melbourne.

APVI chair Renate Egan said: “Solar power now makes up 11% of our country’s total electricity generation capacity with more solar added to the system in 2016 than any other fuel type.

“To put 6GW into perspective, that is twice the capacity of Australia’s largest coal-fired power station, Loy Yang in Victoria.”

The organisation added that in some towns and suburbs, such as Baldvis in Western Australia and Elimbah in Queensland, solar power has become so popular that households without it are in the minority.

According to solar analyst Warwick Johnston, managing director of SunWiz, solar installation numbers jumped up at the end of 2016 and the start of this year.