Solar installations close to record high in October


More than 100MW of rooftop solar was installed in Australia in October, the latest Renewable Energy Index report shows.

The monthly report, released by Green Energy Markets and funded by GetUp, shows 15,736 systems, totalling 106MW, were installed last month.

This is only the second time installations have exceeded 100MW, the first being in June 2012, when subsidies were three times higher.

The installations also supported 5193 full-time jobs.

Queensland has increased its lead over other states in large-scale renewable energy construction employment, with 5847 job-years of employment, ahead of NSW at 3429 and Victoria third at 2495.

Total large-scale renewable energy construction employment across the nation now stands at 12,925 job-years, up from last month’s 12,702.

“Queensland was the only state to record new large-scale project commitments this month: phase one of the potentially giant Kennedy wind, solar and battery park; and the Emerald Solar Farm,” the report said.

“Phase 1 of Northern Queensland’s Kennedy Energy Park, is intended to prove-up the viability of a far larger $2 billion second phase that at 1200MW would be the largest renewable energy power station in the country.

“It would also be the largest project in the world to combine both wind and solar in a single facility.”

Queensland also leads the country in terms of rooftop solar installs and employment, with its 3960 system installs this month supporting 1347 full time jobs, which shaded NSW in second with 1285 full time jobs.