The Clean Energy Council has just released its Clean Energy Report for 2021, and it revealed that Australia’s solar energy sector is showing no signs of slowing down, breaking a number of records and passing significant milestones.
For the first time, over a quarter of Australia’s electricity production came from renewable sources, with small-scale solar playing a significant role in this transition after adding more than 3 GW of new capacity in 2020, easily surpassing the previous record of 2.2 GW. All states besides Tasmania – which saw its second-best year – set new records for installed capacity. New South Wales led this charge, adding 927 MW of new rooftop solar capacity, followed by Queensland with 787 MW and Victoria with 559 MW. Over 378,451 rooftop solar systems were installed in 2020, breaking the previous record set in 2012.
Large-scale solar also played a significant part, contributing an extra 2 GW in capacity across 32 projects around the country. At the end of 2020, there were 76 large-scale renewable energy projects under construction, employing over 9000 Australian workers and totalling over 8 GW of new capacity.
Solar installation accounted for a large proportion of jobs within the industry, making up 37% of employment within the clean energy sector. The number of Clean Energy Council Accredited Installers rose by 17% to 7713. The number of approved Solar Retailers rose by 66% to over 1100 total.
After seeing a decrease in 2019, there was a record year for power purchase agreements (PPAs) in 2020, passing the 1 GW mark. A total of 26 corporate PPAs were announced in 2020, which supported over 4.5 GW of energy generation. These PPAs accounted for over $2billion in renewable energy investment throughout the year and made up around 40 percent of market volume throughout the year.
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