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.