The Australian solar industry should take a collective bow. Well, catch its breath first, and then take a collective bow. 2017 was a magnificent, record setting year for solar installations, and many people were still up on roofs installing over the summer break. It may actually not be possible to pause to catch breath, as we're already hearing that January 2018 is notably busier for commerical sales than in past years.

SunWiz has a crazy busy January too, compiling all the data for the 2017 Year in Review, and for reporting to the CEC and IEA. But we can't contain our excitement at the figures we're seeing, so we're taking a moment out to publish some pretty impressive data (even if we do say so ourselves).

So, here's some highlights from the 2017 Year in Review, to whet your appetite:

  1. Installation Tally
  2. Incredible Growth
  3. Robust Growth across the nation
  4. Residential Rebound and Commercial Skyrocket
  5. Solar Panel Imports worth $1,200,000,000
  6. Highlight #6: Some fantastic news

All the glorious charts illustrating these highlights follow...

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Read more: Highlights of Australia's 1.25GW of PV installations in 2017

Even before it had come to a close, 2017 was a record breaking year for Australian PV. Almost 1.1 GW of rooftop PV was installed in the STC market and at least another 0.1 GW of PV above 100kW was commissioned. We haven't finalised our numbers, but this means at least 1.2GW of PV was installed in 2017; quite possibly 1.3GW.

Many businesses worked right up until Christmas, and some even worked up until 31st December in order to get installations completed before the STC deeming period reduced. Hopefully everyone has had a refreshing break, no doubt during which the question was pondered: will it be a Happy New Year for Australian PV: can we sustain or even increase volumes in 2018, or will volumes dive?

Well if our twitter poll is anything to go by, 2018 will see an increase on 2017's volumes in the rooftop market, with the overwhelming consensus being an increase in the volume of rooftop PV that will be installed. 

Businesses are confident, at least. But is their confidence well founded? Let's examine 2018.

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Read more: 2018 - Can Australian PV keep up the pace set by 2017's record breaking year

Wow, what a year! 2017 broke so many records, and it's been a full time job just keeping track of all the solar that's been installed.

We've already identified 100 projects over 100kW that were commissioned in 2017, and I'm sure there's more to crawl out of the woodwork. The current tally has a total capacity of 116MW, which is sure to rise.

I don't want to have missed your installation in our tally (we need to report the total to the CEC and to the IEA). So please take a moment to review if a project you've done is missing, or if its (DC array) capacity is incorrect. You can also claim any of the projects on the list as your own installations. Please email me at warwick@sunwiz.com.au with any additions or corrections.

 

PV System Name

kW

Genex Power Solar Farm (kidston)

50,000

Sunshine Coast Solar Farm

15,000

Gullen Solar Farm

10,000

Chillamurra Solar NSW

4,770

NAWMA - North Adelaide Waste Management Authority

2,393

Charles Sturt University

1,770

USQ Toowoomba Solar car shade

1,090

Energy Developments - Coober Pedy Renewables Project

1,000

Merino Street Solar Park

1,000

Taronga Western Plains Zoo - NSW - Solar

998

DHP

952

Aldi Brendale

928

Stockland Wetherill Park

925

Churchill Abattoir – Solar – QLD

907

Pirovic Farms Llandilo

795

Maningrida Solar Power Station

750

Northam Boulevard Shopping Centre

665

Westfield Marion Carpark

647

Sydney Markets

640

Northam (Sunny Portal)

633

600kW Rottnest Island Project

600

Ellenbrook North Senior School

592

Special Equipment

561

SA Aquatic & Leasure Centre

512

Thompson Car Dealers Shepparton

509

AZ Macquarie Park

456

Meekatharra Solar Farm

450

Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club

414

SV Holy Spirit Northside

393

Griffin Plaza

367

Top Cat Installations

355

P493 WIS Canningvale

354

La Trobe University Bendigo

350

Meekatharra Power Station - Stage 2

345

Llewen Motors

333

PF Minchinbury

320

Shamic Sheetmetal

305

Westfield Plenty Valley

302

Doncaster Secondary Solar - VIC

300

HCC DKHAC 300kW

300

SCS Plastics

300

Woolcock Centre – Solar – QLD

296

Pittsworth (Todae)

283

Bunnings Bellambi Solar - NSW

281

SV - Mater Hospital

280

Spense Doors

276

Anspac Cold Storage - Callister St Shepparton

265

St Patrick's College Launceston - Solar - TAS

264

SV - Lourdes

264

Sale Hospital

264

SV - Toowoomba

260

Mount Isa Airport Solar Car Park

258

Proten Farm 77

250

Newhaven College

243

Proten Farm 76

232

UQ Pace Institute

227

Aquapulse

225

P494.1 Bakers Maison New Bld

225

Kaisercraft

222

La Trobe University Wodonga

220

Mount Sheridan Plaza -QLD

214

Redmud Green Energy 11

212

Redmud Green Energy 12

212

Redmud Green Energy 13

212

Redmud Green Energy 8

212

Redmud Green Energy 9

212

Innamincka Hotel

211

USQ Springfield

205

Dobbie Dico

200

St Andrew's Lutheran College Tallebudgera - Solar - QLD

200

Extrusion Technologies International

200

Beaconhills College Berwick #2

199

CJD Forrestfield

199

Aegis Aged Care, Orelia – Todae Solar

199

Canning Vale WIS

198

USQ Ipswich

197

Crushing Services International Kwinana

187

PIHA - Barrington

187

Redmud Green Energy 4

187

Redmud Green Energy 5

187

Redmud Green Energy 6

187

Redmud Green Energy 7

187

Joint Venture Juicing

186

SV - Eltham

184

Whitemark Power Station

175

SV Mitchelton

175

St Vincent's Private

171

University of Melbourne Sports Centre Parkville Solar Vic

161

Todae Solar SV - Griffith – Solar - NSW

152

Aegis Aged Care Claremont – Todae Solar

152

Bayswood Timber Hallam

150

Flavourite Marketing

149

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School

138

Shore - Centenary Building

137

University of Melbourne Performing Arts Centre Southbank Solar Vic

137

SV - Mater Clinic

130

MRL Sleat Rd Applecross Solar WA

125

Todae Solar - Nillumbik - Solar - VIC

124

Zilzie Winery

113

Meekatharra Power Station - Stage 1

110

Parkes Shire Council STP

107

Parkes Shire Council WTP

107

 

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2017 has been a year of records for Australian solar power, and the year's not even finished yet. Here are some of the highlights of the 10 records that have been broken in 2017 (some of them multiple times):

Before we do, if you don't already subscribe to our Insights service, then a) you're missing out on regular updates like these, and b) now is the perfect time to get our 2016 Year in Review - which includes a 3 month subscription to Insights that means you'll also automatically receive the 2017 Year in Review

  1. Fastest time to reach 1GW of commissioned solar in a calendar year. There's only been one year where Australia has commissioned more than 1GW of PV - this was in 2012, where there was 1.01GW of sub-100kW PV and 1.06GW of PV commissioned in total.
    Analysis of the 2017 STC market shows that 972MW of sub-100kW PV has been registered in 2017 - however, 79MW of this 2016 installations that registered STCs in 2017. Therefore our current total is 893MW of sub-100kW PV commissioned in 2017 - a figure that looks set to reach 1.05GW once the final tally is in.
    SunWiz's Large-scale Lookout tracks every system above 100kW that is mentioned publicly. It shows that over 114MW of systems over 100kW have already been commissioned in 2017 (of which Kidston Solar Farm contributed 50MW). Our current tally is therefore 1.00 GW by the end of November. 
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    Read more: 2017 - Australia's record-breaking year for solar power. 1GW already commissioned

What an incredible response! SunWiz launched its mid-year update on the Australian battery market and it was picked up by Channel 7, ABC news, News Limited, the AFR, and Fairfax! We hope all this positive press around batteries is helping drive customers to your businesses!!!

In cased you missed the press, some of the key info from the report is:

Read more: SunWiz's battery report featured extensively in the press

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