The Clean Energy Australia Report 2018 provides a comprehensive overview of the Australian clean energy sector and the latest key figures and statistics on the national energy market.
The Clean Energy Australia Report 2018 provides a comprehensive annual snapshot of the Australian clean energy sector and the latest key figures and statistics on the national energy market. It is the only analysis that includes the National Electricity Market, the Western Australian electricity grid and other major regional grids across the country in areas such as the Northern Territory.
Watch our video to get a summary of some of the key findings from the 2018 Clean Energy Australia report:
The main findings from the report are as follows:
- Approximately 700 MW of renewable projects were completed and began generation in 2017.
- Large-scale wind and solar project activity pushed investment in Australia up 150 per cent to a record US$9 billion in 2017.
- Almost 1.1 GW of solar PV was installed in the small-scale market in 2017, which was a record for the rooftop solar industry. Considerable growth also occurred in the medium-scale solar sector, with 131 projects adding 53 MW of new capacity.
- For the first time ever, wind and hydro generation contributed an almost identical amount of electricity – approximately 5.7 per cent each – to total national electricity generation during the year.
- Of the 172,000 household solar PV installations in 2017, 12 per cent included a battery compared to 5 per cent in 2016. A total of 28,000 battery systems had been installed across Australia by the end of 2017.
- Four new large-scale solar projects were completed in 2017. Total installed large-scale solar capacity reached 450 MW at the end of 2017, which is a remarkable result considering that just 34 MW was installed at the end of 2014.
- The 547 MW of new wind capacity added in 2017 was the third highest amount added in the history of the Australian wind industry, bringing total generation capacity across the country to 4816 MW. Fifteen new wind farms were either under construction or financially committed at the end of 2017.