13,641 Businesses Across New South Wales Now Have Solar Systems

13,641 Businesses Across New South Wales Now Have Solar Systems

New South Wales Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin

New South Wales Businesses Having Their Time In The Sun

Victor P Taffa

New South Wales businesses big and small are leading Australia in rooftop solar installations, with nearly double the amount of solar capacity than our nearest rival.

Latest Australian Photovoltaic Institute data shows 13,641 businesses across the state have solar systems, totalling more than 600 megawatts (MW) of capacity.

Minister for Energy and Utilities Don Harwin highlighted the number of advantages.

“New South Wales businesses are number one in Australia for rooftop solar.” Minister Harwin said.

“It is great to see businesses taking control of their energy bills, this will lead to a more attractive bottom line and will allow companies to grow.”

“Our small businesses have installed around 290 MW of solar on their roofs while 70 large businesses have installed a further 315 MW.”

Queensland businesses rate a distant second with 350 MW installed.

Western Sydney is having its time in the sun, accounting for 6 of the top 10 local government areas in number of commercial installations and commercial capacity.

“Sydney’s west is a solar hot spot with businesses in Penrith, Blacktown and Canterbury-Bankstown taking advantage of the benefits.” Minister Harwin said.

“Average small business owner in Western Sydney could be saving up to $3,570 a year by installing a 10 kilowatt rooftop solar system that’s how to make overheads work for you.”

Minister Harwin said businesses are making record solar investments elsewhere.

“There is a multi-billion dollar pipeline of solar projects the private sector is backing, which will give New South Wales a secure and affordable energy supply into the future.” Minister Harwin said.

“New South Wales is leading Australia’s solar revolution on so many fronts. We have Australia’s largest solar farm at Nyngan and the country’s first floating solar farm at Lismore.”

There are now at least 400,000 rooftops with solar installations across New South Wales.