Queensland leads the way on solar

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The Sunshine State is living up to its name with the highest rate of solar installations in Australia.

Clean Energy Regulator data for June 2017 shows homes and small businesses across Queensland are leading the way on small-scale renewable energy installations.

Nationally, there were 6859 small-scale systems installed in June, with a total generation capacity of 35,036kW.

Of these, Queensland had the highest number of small-scale renewable energy system installations captured under the Renewable Energy Target’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES), with a total of 2275 systems installed, including a total of 1992 new solar systems.

Coming in behind Queensland with 1646 systems installed was Western Australia, followed by NSW with 1321 installations, and Victoria with 920.

The Northern Territory (115), South Australia (446), Tasmania (103), and the ACT (103) were lagging in installations compared to the Sunshine State.

Queensland also had the highest number of commercial sized solar PV systems (10-100kW) installed in June, with 130 systems installed.

The state’s top performing suburbs each recorded 19 new installations across all renewable energy fuel sources.

These include Caboolture, which has had a remarkable 9449 installations since 2001; Mareeba, west of Cairns, which takes its tally to a total of 2533 installations, and Buderim – where total installations are recorded at 9199.

Queensland has held the title of highest number of small-scale and commercial-sized solar systems installed for every month since September 2015.