In the antipodes of Spain, Australia emerges as the paradise of solar energy, with a capacity that has already crossed the barrier of 6 GW, mainly thanks to self-consumption. In fact, solar installations in homes represent neither more nor less than 92% of the total capacity, with up to 5,600 megawatts.
The record figures are reflected in a report by the Australian Photovoltaic Institute, which points to the state of Queensland as the leader in the installation of photovoltaic panels on residential terraces, with a capacity of 1.72 GW. This area of the country is one of those that has registered a more important increase in terms of the number of installations, which has reached 55%, a percentage only surpassed by the state of Western Australia [Western Australia], where the increase in just one year it has been 71%, with more than 18,000 new installations.
South Australia, which had a total of 22,618 solar installations in homes in April, holds the Australian record for penetration, with more than 3 out of 10 homes equipped with equipment to capture energy from the sun, a very close percentage to the state of Queensland.
The data shows not only the weight that solar energy is acquiring for Australian owners, but the interest is growing, since the increase in the number of installations is replicated from state to state, in which this option is seen as the solution to reduce the electricity bill and to have a more sustainable supply.
To the 5,600 megawatts of capacity provided by the facilities for self-consumption, Australia adds another 494 MW, in this case from large-scale facilities, which are also growing in this country. Not surprisingly, different predictions advance that solar capacity will double between now and 2020, while, two decades later, in 2040, solar installations for self-consumption could reach a capacity of 33 GW.