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The latest data from the Australian Clean Energy Regulator (ACER) shows that more than 858 000 homes in Australia are now equipped with solar photovoltaic panels totalling almost 2GW of installed capacity in solar PV. Australian homes also now have more than 600 000 solar hot water systems installed.
The following table shows data by postcode of the number of solar panel installs in the City of Port Phillip. Note that these are totals by postcode and do not directly correlate with city boundaries. Data is current up to January 2013 and was sourced from ACER.
No of Installs
Port Melbourne, Garden City, Beacon Cove
Albert Park / Middle Park
St Kilda, St Kilda South, St Kilda West
Balaclava / East St Kilda
St Kilda Road
The City of Port Phillip recently commissioned a report to find out the solar potential of our entire city. Based on the use of aerial photography, geographic information systems along with seasonal variations and other factors, we found that our city has around 1.8 million m2 of suitable rooftop area. If this area were fully installed with PV would provide around 250 MW of electrical generating capacity. The installations shown in the table above represent a fraction of 1% of our estimated potential in this area.
Copy of the presentations from the Solar energy workshop on 14 May 2013: