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Images of the Day: Australia top solar postcodes, from the sky

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A unique view – from the sky – of Australia’s accelerating uptake of renewable energy, and rooftop solar in particular.

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Australia is undergoing a renewed boom in rooftop solar, with households and businesses reacting to the country’s absurdly high grid prices by turning to cheaper solar technology.

In 2017, a record 1.06GW of solar was installed across the country’s rooftops, and the chances are that this could nearly double this year after a record breaking first quarter.

But what does this transformation look like?

NearMap is an Australian aerial imaging company that provides services to solar installers, hoping them to design rooftop arrays for potential customers.

It has paired its high-res imagery with the latest Clean Energy Regulator data, revealing the postcodes around the country with the highest rooftop solar uptake since 2001.

This image above shows a shopping centre in north Bundaberg, in postcode 4670 in south east Queensland – the postcode with the highest amount of solar in Australia.

“From the ground it can be difficult to see the progress our country is making to reduce energy costs and our carbon footprint,” said Nearmap executive, Shane Preston.

“But when you look at it from the air, you can observe in incredible detail the renewable energy uptake occurring across our country.

“We’ve been capturing aerial images of Australia for the last 10 years, and have recently seen a dramatic change in the rooftop landscape, with many more solar panels on Aussie homes.”

The full top 10 list is below along with a link to media images.

Australia’s top 10 solar postcodes:

RankPostcodeExample suburb within postcodeUnits installedStateImage Folder Link
14670Bundaberg North11,756QLDImages
26210Erskine11,409WAImages
34655Nikenbah10,517QLDImages
44551Caloundra9,308QLDImages
54350Toowoomba8,580QLDImages
66065Hocking8,416WAImages
74211Pacific Pines7,724QLDImages
84740Mackay7,263QLDImages
94305Raceview7,295QLDImages
106155Canning Vale7,116WAImages

 

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3 Comments
  1. Pedro 2 years ago

    I wonder if an algorithm could be worked out by Nearmap to count the number of panels on roofs?

  2. George Darroch 2 years ago

    What’s inspiring in these photos is how many houses and businesses *don’t* have solar. Even in postcodes with the highest penetration there are still very many houses that are missing panels, and many more which are significantly underpowered.

    There’s a lot of room for growth, if the solar industry can keep explaining and demonstrating the benefits and working with parts of the housing industry.

    • JWW 2 years ago

      I feel the same every time I cycle to work and look at all the empty roofs I am going past. In my suburb most homes appear to be owner-occupied, many by somewhat older folks. It seems the PV industry is not good at explaining to the average Joe that today a PV system pays for itself in just 4 or 5 years.

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