WA sees highest growth rates in solar

Western Australia is experiencing one of the highest growth rates in solar uptake across the nation.

Written by Justine Summers

Australia’s hub for solar uptake is moving and it’s not across the east coast. Western Australia is experiencing one of the highest growth rates in solar uptake across the nation. According to the Australian Energy Market Operator, solar now represents the state grid’s biggest collective generator, accounting for almost 700MW of capacity.

Research by solar industry consultancy SunWiz in 2017 revealed a 33 per cent rise in solar panel installations by households and businesses in Western Australia. According to the analysis, the western state is home to ten of the nation’s top 20 solar-adopting suburbs.

So, why’s solar booming in WA?

Abundant sunshine

The sun’s got a sweet spot for Western Australia. With over 300 days of sunshine, the state has outshone even Queensland as the nation’s ‘Sunshine State’. According to data from the Bureau of Meteorology, Perth is now the sunniest state capital with a long-term annual average of 8.8 hours of sunshine a day.

More sunshine means added solar energy and a faster payback period.

The cost of electricity from the grid

With the amount of sunshine Western Australia receives on average per year, it’s no wonder that more West Australians are choosing solar, with over 258,000 solar systems installed across the state so far. If the system generates more power than what is used, customers may qualify for a credit on their energy bill. Customers in Western Australia can expect to pay between 26 and 30 cents per unit of electricity off the grid depending on business consumption, while those who have solar panels can expect to receive a credit in return.

Businesses driving change

Small and medium sized businesses in the state capital Perth are leading the nation in rooftop solar installations. The report from SunWiz further disclosed that over 1.2MW of “micro commercial” installations took place in the Perth postcode of 6065, the highest amount in any postcode across Australia. The commercial precinct of Malaga followed close with 1.7MW of solar installed by mid-sized businesses.

The uncomplicated nature of solar has encouraged businesses to become early adopters and take control of their energy.

We’re excited for what’s yet to come and it’s looking like the western state has a bright future in solar, with 44% of its energy predicted to come from renewable sources by 2030.

If you’re looking to transition to solar for your business why not speak to us, the number one national Business Solar installer. Find out more online today or speak to one of our friendly team members from 8 am–5 pm, Monday – Friday, on 1300 791 468.    

About the author

Justine works in our Origin Business Solar department, and has a background in Marketing and PR. Justine is an fan of sustainable, minimalist lifestyles & is a self-proclaimed vegetarian recipe master – trying her hardest to convince the masses that meat free meals are still delicious.

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