Australia solar energy

Australia reaches 25 GW of solar energy, the highest amount per capita on the planet

Australia solar energy

Australia has quietly passed a major solar milestone , reaching 25 GW of installed capacity – more PV per capita than anywhere else in the world.

Australian PV Institute ( APVI ) announced this impressive achievement, achieved throughout 2021. By early 2022, Australia’s cumulative figure had risen to 26.9 GW.

This milestone caps a record year for solar in Australia in 2021, when a total of 5.2 GW of PV was installed over the course of the year .

Of this amount, a record of more than 3GW -3.24GW- was installed on rooftops, by homes and businesses, despite a second wave of problems related to Covid 19 and increasingly strong obstacles in the market. world sun.

At the larger end of the scale, utility-scale solar hit its own record high in December, when generation levels topped 1,000 GWh in a month for the first time , reaching a total of 1,263 GWh.

Small-scale and large-scale solar projects combined to meet 13.3% of Australia’s total electricity demand throughout the year, according to a recent Climate Council analysis.

Bruce Dorminey
I'm a science journalist and host of Cosmic Controversy ( as well as author of "Distant Wanderers: the Search for Planets Beyond the Solar System."  I primarily cover aerospace and astronomy. I’m a former Hong Kong bureau chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine and former Paris-based technology correspondent for the Financial Times newspaper who has reported from six continents. A 1998 winner in the Royal Aeronautical Society's Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards (AJOYA), I’ve interviewed Nobel Prize winners and written about everything from potato blight to dark energy. Previously, I was a film and arts correspondent in New York and Europe, primarily for newspaper outlets like the International Herald Tribune, the Boston Globe and Canada's Globe & Mail. Recently, I've contributed to Scientific, Nature News, Physics World, and Yale Environment I'm a current contributor to Astronomy and Sky & Telescope and a correspondent for Renewable Energy World. Twitter @bdorminey