Australia’s Top Solar Postcodes – 2013 Update

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Australia’s Clean Energy Council (CEC) has released updated data showing the nation’s top solar postcodes.
 
Top 10 postcodes in Australia (ranked by number of installed solar panel systems), current as of 10 March 2013:
  
6,503 systems:   Mandurah 6210; Western Australia
6,467 systems:  Avoca 4670; Queensland
5,601 systems: Caloundra 4551; Queensland
5,467 systems: Dundowran 4655; Queensland
4,815 systems: Charlton 4350; Queensland
4,415 systems: Churchill 4305; Queensland
4,179 systems: Nerang 4211; Queensland
4,117 systems: Canning Vale 6155; Western Australia
4,091 systems: Hocking 6065; Western Australia
3,878 systems: Alberton 4207, Queensland
   
Commenting on the recent national 1 million systems milestone being reached, Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green said approximately 2.5 million Australians now live in a house with rooftop solar panels – more than 10% of the nation’s population. 
     
“For some years solar has been most enthusiastically embraced by those in mortgage-belt suburbs, retirement areas and regional parts of the country. People from all walks of life have been installing solar as a way of protecting themselves from power price pain over the long term.”
    
Mr Green says Australia’s solar industry currently employs over 8,000 Australians.
    
“Solar is the Hills Hoist of the 21st Century,” he said. “As consumers take back control of their power bills through cleaner, smarter energy technology, solar power is clearly something that has been at the forefront of their minds.
   
According to information on the Energy Matters web site, a good quality 5kW solar power system can return a financial benefit of up to $2,540 each year, depending on installation location.
  
The company says while solar rebates have been cut, the incentives that remain coupled with lower component prices through special arrangements with suppliers have allowed Energy Matters to currently offer its best pricing ever on a range of systems.