With a record number of installations last year, Australians are starting to see the benefits of harnessing solar energy for their home or business.
3.5 million Solar PV (photovoltaic) panels were installed across Australia, amassing to almost 10,000 installations each day.
This has been a staggering increase from the previous year, with a 41% increase and has met the energy output equivalent of a medium-sized coal-fired power station.
The record 1,057 megawatts of capacity in small-scale systems installed across the countrysmashed the previous record set in 2012, where the average system size has alsodoubled since then, from three to six kilowatts, predominantly due to the rapiddecline in solar install prices.
With constant increases in technology, design and competitive prices, you are now getting a higher quality system for a cost of almost half as much as they were six years ago.
A Climate Council report has also revealed solar power costs have significantly dropped 60% over the five years to 2016, with a further steady decline of up to 70% by 2040.
Along with ground-breaking developments in the solar PV industry, Australians have been taking their opportunity to invest in battery storage technology.
Recent data show a confounding increase in battery storage and battery-plus-solar installations from 2016 to 2017 of around 164%, and with further prices of battery technology expected to fall, the market is set to further accelerate.
As more solar systems and battery technology being installed for residential purposes and commercial use than ever, the time is now to invest your time and your future into solar energy. With the current competitive nature of the market, the energy division at AICA is here to support you in sourcing and developing the perfect solar system for your home or business.
Which State has seen the highest growth?
With 2017 setting its mark as the record year for small-scale renewable energy, every state across Australia has made drastic leaps towards a more sustainable and renewable future. But, which state has taken the greatest steps forwards in the solar revolution?
Within the top ten locations for solar installations Australia-wide, Western Australia contains five locations from the national tally.
Canning Vale came through in the number one position with Baldivis taking second place, with Byford, Ellenbrook and Landsdale rounding out our influence in sixth, seventh and eighth spot.
State-wide solar energy investments across WA saw a dramatic rise as well, with Western Australia experiencing a 41% increase in small-scale rooftop solar installations.
With 2018 expected to see an even higher rate of solar installations than ever before, AICA has the answers for you. With a range of energy solutions from solar PV systems to solar-plus-battery storage technology, we can help you eliminate your growing energy bills completely with a renewable and economical eco-friendly energy solution.
To find out more, claim your government regulated renewable energy rebate and benefit in a completely free solar energy assessment on your home, call us on 1800 242 228.