It may not come as much of a surprise to most, but Australia has been surging with solar panel installations in the past few years. Australia (typically known for being a climate of hot, sunny, and has a majority of open land) has seen citizens begin electing in for more Solar Panels to be installed on their rooftops.

This may not be directly linked to an “Eco-friendly” mindset as a majority of U.S based solar owners have elected in for, but rather it’s to combat the surging power bills. According to an analysis completed by the Clean Energy Regulator, the 2 million home mark has just been passed for installed solar arrays. This number accounts for 1/5 of all Australian homes, with about 1/3 of all homes in South Australia and Queensland.

Provided is a breakdown of number of systems by state in Australia, with the amount of total homes in each state that have installed panels shown to the right of the graph.

The massive surge in consumer Solar Installation is directly attributed to the overall low price of solar panels and increase of energy prices. Installation of major systems began in February of 2013 with the first million units installed only holding a capacity of 2.4 gigawatts.  This showed that many users elected for a lower powered solar array due to factors such as cost, independence from power grid and reliability.

This time around, there has been sales of 5.6 gigawatt systems flying off the shelves. This Is, again, attributed to cost over time, and the overall savings provided by switching to solar driven household. Another reason for the larger systems is the future proofing for all solar devices, as solar is expected to become a main power source in Australia by 2032

Shown above is the number of Solar Systems based on their registration date and overall running capacity based on kilowatt hours.

Current owners of installed solar arrays are saving an estimated $540 a year on average on their power bills. There is major anticipation for the 3 million mark to be passed by 2022 if current installation rates stay the same.

Additionally, the benefits that solar energy provide do not end at the wallet, but also extend to the environment of course.  Installing solar energy systems allows one to greatly decrease their carbon footprint.  The benefits that come along with reducing carbon footprint are extensive, as it includes:

  1. Potentially preventing pre-mature deaths in humans and other living organisms
  2. A decrease in the carbon dioxide that remains throughout our atmosphere
  3. Combat global warming that can occur as a result of the excess carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere – a direct consequence of increased human activity since the Industrial Revolution.

We may not be too far behind here in America, but utilization of clean energy and energy savings is beginning to lack behind. If you are interested in finding out more about solar energy, and the best course of installation in the US check out our handy quote estimator here and find out what a home solar system costs.