Far from Spain, Australia appears to be a paradise for solar energy, with a capacity that has already crossed the 6 GW barrier, mainly thanks to self-consumption. In reality, solar installations in homes represent neither more nor less than 92% of total capacity, with up to 5,600 megawatts.
The record numbers are reflected in a report from Australian Photovoltaic Institute, which designates the state of Queensland as the leader in the installation of photovoltaic panels on residential terraces, with a capacity of 1.72 GW. This area of the country is one of those that has seen a more significant increase in terms of the number of installations, which reached 55%, a percentage only exceeded by the state of Western Australia. [Australia Occidental], where the increase in just one year was 71%, with over 18,000 new installations.
South Australia, which had a total of 22,618 home solar installations in April, holds the Australian penetration record, with more than 3 out of 10 households equipped with equipment to capture the sun’s energy, a percentage very close to that of the state of Queensland.
The data not only shows the weight that solar energy acquires for Australian homeowners, but the interest is growing, as the increase in the number of installations is replicated from one state to another, in which this option is considered. as the solution to reduce the electricity bill and have a more sustainable supply.
To the 5,600 megawatts of capacity provided by self-consumption facilities, Australia is adding an additional 494 MW, in this case large-scale facilities, which are also growing in this country. Not in vain, different Forecasts indicate solar capacity will double by 2020Whereas, two decades later, in 2040, solar installations for self-consumption could reach a capacity of 33 GW.