Posted on 30 May, 2018Download
The report covers 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.
2017 was a record-breaking year on many fronts for clean energy. Almost 1.1 GW of solar 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.
2017 was the biggest year for the industry since the iconic Snowy Hydro Scheme was finished.
Approximately 700 MW of large-scale renewable projects were completed and began generation in 2017. But that is only the start of a wave of renewable energy projects across Australia. You can view more detail on current projects that are being constructed around the country on our project tracker page.
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Although 2017 was a record year for the renewable energy sector, the percentage of renewable energy fell slightly from 17.3 per cent of Australia’s electricity in 2016 to 17 per cent in 2017. This was largely because of a significant decline in hydro generation due to reduced rainfall in catchment areas.
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.
Tasmania and the ACT have led the way for the use of renewable energy, but in the absence of any national climate or energy policy other states are stepping up to drive new investment. See how your state is tracking below.
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Note: The ACT is part of the NSW region and data for the NT grid is unavailable.
Watch our video for a summary of the key findings from the 2018 Clean Energy Australia report.
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