Australia leads in rooftop solar


Australia has more rooftop solar installations than any country in the world, new data indicate.

The data, from the Australian government’s Clean Energy Regulator and the International Energy Agency, show that Australia installed a total of 785 megawatts of solar power last year, mostly small-scale panel systems on residences and businesses, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The ranking is particularly significant because of Australia’s small population compared with renewable energy market leaders such as EU countries, China, Japan and the United States.

Japan and Germany, for example, each installed about 759 megawatts of small-scale solar power last year.

Nigel Morris, director of Australian market analyst firm Solar Business Services, says that in terms of total megawatts of solar energy, including large-scale projects, Japan and Germany would come out ahead of Australia. Australia’s market, however, now favors small systems… Read more


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