Solar panels and battery see a bright future in Australia
Author: Darvin Tocmo Date Posted:5 December 2016
Solar panels and battery installation figures and trends see Australia as a top solar power hub.
Australia is a world leader in solar energy, and it has all the reasons to be. For one, it has excellent solar energy resources. More than 35% of its land has an arid climate. It's enough to produce high levels of solar radiation on regular basis. Second, it has sprawling lands appropriate for large-scale solar panels and battery installations.
The Australian government is also extremely supportive of renewable energy. It encourages the use of latest solar technology and ensures regulations that promote clean energy. Recent solar panels and battery installation figures affirm its growing importance in Australia’s energy mix.
Solar PV installed in Australia
Solar PV categories in Australia are primarily based on the size of generation systems. Systems that are up to 100 kW maximum size are small scale. 100 kW to 1MW are medium scale. And systems more than 1 MW is large scale.
The country’s solar energy sector is mostly comprised of small scale installations on residential rooftops. In fact, Australia holds the record of having the most number of residential rooftop solar PV systems. These are also the biggest contributors of solar power in the country.
Solar panels and battery system
As of June 2016, the country installed more than 500 MW of small scale solar systems. Large-scale solar PV projects have grown tremendously at 300 MW. Medium scale, on the other hand, is still at 8 MW. Finally, homes had almost 1.6 million small-scale solar PV systems as of September 2016.
Battery energy storage system (BESS) grows along with solar PV technology. Only around 30 per cent of homes with solar rooftops have integrated battery energy storage systems today. An increase might happen as properties see the need for solar panels and battery storage system.
More than half of solar PV systems in the future are also expected to come with a storage system. This will create a huge market for BESS.
Challenges in solar energy
The country’s overall solar output is still behind its potential. This is despite current statistics and exciting assumptions. Apparently, several factors keep Australians from fully harnessing the sun’s power. First, there's the cost of solar panels and battery installation. Second, there are difficulties in energy storage. Lastly, the need for additional structures hinders solar growth.
Overall, solar energy is still a candidate for growth in the coming years. People can count on solar technology advances and cost reductions in materials and installation.