Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme postcode data released today by the Clean Energy Regulator reflects a geographically diverse spread of installations, particularly in suburban, regional and rural areas of the Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

The postcodes of Bundaberg (Qld), Werribee and Hoppers Crossing (Vic) have accumulated the highest number of small-scale renewable energy installations since the scheme began in 2001, each reaching around 17,000 installations.

The average installation size is 5kW. (The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme encourages systems up to 100kW.)

Over the last 10 years, 23% more Australians have embraced rooftop solar. That’s one in five homes and businesses now generating their own renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions through rooftop solar.

Last month, Australia hit a milestone of 6GW capacity across 2.8 million small-scale installations of renewable energy systems such as solar PV systems, solar water heaters and air source heat pumps. That’s enough to power 1.8 million homes.