How Each State Fared in 2015

We recently published a lot of information about Australian PV's recent milestones of 1.5 million PV systems, and a solar panel for every Australian man woman and child. The article was so popular that we're releasing additional information on the Australian PV market in 2015: the top states, top postcodes, top retailers, and largest PV systems for the year.

Our national tally for the sub-100kW market was 718MW, 12% below that of the year before. But some states fared worse than others. 

The chart below shows the relative volumes (MW) in each Australian state by year of PV system registration, for systems 100kW or less in size. Note that the scale of the vertical axis is different for each state, in order to visually compare the magnitude of each state's growth or contraction. The labels and the line colour indicate the absolute volume for each data point.

The chart show that:

  • the ACT had a minor amount of growth, up from 5MW in 2014 to 6MW in 2016. It remains the smallest state/territory for Australian PV in 2015
  • NSW was the only state to experience any significant increase in volume, up 10MW on 2015's figures to 180MW. Despite its growth it finished behind Queensland for registered volume in 2015.
  • there was substantial (50%) growth in the NT, though it was off a small base. 9MW was registered in 2015, falling just short of Tasmania's tally.
  • Queensland remained the largest PV market in the country (in the sub-100kW segment). However it experienced continued contraction, down 23% on last year's figures to 196MW
  • SA also experienced major contraction, down 29% on 2015's tally, to 68MW, and well down in previous years. This made it the 5th largest market for PV in 2015.
  • Tasmania's market halved to 10MW in 2015, ranking it a distant 6th in the nation.
  • The Victorian market fell 12% to 153MW, on par with 2013's figures. This meant it was the third largest market for PV in 2015
  • Western Australia's PV market was steady in 2015, which was a remarkable accomplishment in light of the contraction in the other states. It was the 4th largest market in the country in 2015.

How will each state fare in 2016? We'll have an outlook for you in coming weeks.

Be sure to check out our 2015 Year In Review for heaps of enhanced, valuable information on the solar market!