Solar panel installations are rising in Australia

Peter Terlato 18 April 2017 NEWS

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Figures in March were the highest in almost five years.

The number of Australian rooftop solar installations swelled in March, reaching the highest monthly total since August 2012, according to the latest industry statistics.

Figures released by solar energy consultants Sunwiz reveal Australian panel installations topped 92MW in March 2017. The stats, which include comparatively strong numbers in January and February, show a total 230MW installed during the first quarter of 2017.

March 2017 volumes were almost double those recorded during the same month last year.

Queensland continues to dominate the market, installing 25MW of rooftop solar in March. New South Wales wasn't far behind at 21MW, while South Australia and Western Australia added 17MW each.

25MW provides enough energy to power approximately 5,500 homes and businesses.

During March, Australia's sole solar module manufacturer Tindo Solar became one of the top five commercial suppliers and one of the top 10 overall suppliers.

Australia now has a total 5.58GW of solar panels installed across 1.67 million homes and businesses.

Fresh data from the Solar Choice installer network reveals average residential solar system prices hit a new low of $1.57 per watt in April 2017, maintaining the gradual decline started earlier this year. Average commercial system prices rose slightly in April, up to $1.23 per watt, after months of steady decline.

Sunwiz director Warwick Johnston has said that recent blackouts in South Australia and rising electricity costs play a big role in the increasing demand for solar installations.

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