Australia Solar Power Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The market is segmented by Type (Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)) and PV Deployment (Utility and Non-Utility)

Market Snapshot

Solar Power Market in Australia Overview
Study Period: 2019-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >15.5 %

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Market Overview

The Solar Power market in Australia is expected to grow at a CAGR of 20.56% during the forecast period of 2022-2027. The country was hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. Solar EPC contractors in Australia have faced disruption in the procurement of the necessary equipment for projects like Neoen solar projects currently in the development phase due to lockdown, which affected the scheduled commercial operations of the projects. Factors such as favorable government schemes for small-scale solar power generation, and upcoming large-scale solar power projects, are expected to drive the market. Despite the presence of driving factors, the increasing share of alternative clean energy sources hydro and wind power, and an expected delay in large-scale solar power projects are expected to restraint the growth of the market.

  • Due to its high installations share, the solar photovoltaic (PV) segment is expected to dominate the solar energy market during the forecast period.
  • Australia has an abundance of solar irradiance and receives solar energy throughout the year. This has created enormous opportunities to exploit solar energy from the sunniest states in the country, especially Queensland, New South Wales, and Western Australia. The factors mentioned above clubbed with foreign direct investments provide an opportunity for the growth of the solar power market in the country.
  • Large-scale solar installations are expected to drive the market during the forecast period.

Scope of the report

The Australia solar power market report include:

Type
Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)
PV Deployment
Utlility
Non-Utility

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Key Market Trends

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) to Register Significant Growth

  • Australia has one of the highest average solar radiation per square meter, one of the highest per capita consumption of residential rooftop solar, and leading solar PV technology in the world, but still lags behind the rest of the world in terms of mid-scale and large-scale solar development.​
  • In the year 2020, the country has seen 378,451 small-scale solar photovoltaic installations across the country, which has been increased from 283,952 installations in 2019. The country has seen rapid deployments in small-scale solar PV in recent years, for instance the country has installed 1.7 MW of solar rooftop PV on DHL Supply Chain bulding located in Horsley Park in New South Wales.
  • Australia has installed 360,000 rooftop PV systems in 2021, an increase of nearly 40% compared to 2020. The country is seeing growth in solar PV installation across the residential and commercial segment, which in turn culminates in the growth of the market.
  • In 2020, the renewable energy installed capacity for Australia stood at 6,710 MW. The share of solar stood at around 35.8% in the total renewable electricity generation. Therefore the country is expected to witness the increasing deployment of solar PV in the forecast period.
  • As of 30 September 2021, there are over 2.96 million PV installations in Australia, with a combined capacity of over 23.5 gigawatts. The country is planning to commission Salisbury Solar PV Farm with 350 MW and Sundown Solar PV Farm with 600 MW located in New South Wales in the year 2023.
  • Owing to the above points, the country has seen significant growth in solar PV installations. This further culminates in the improvement of the Australia Solar Power Market.
Australia Solar Power Market-Small-scale solar photovoltaic installations in Australia

Large Scale Solar Installations are Likely to Drive the Market

  • Australia's large-scale renewable energy target (RET) to meet 33,000 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy by 2020 was considered a highly successful policy. It drove unprecedented levels of investment in large-scale solar installations, culminating in the country's solar power market growth.
  • The large-scale installations contributed to 893 MW in 2020 with 22 new projects. This has brought the sector's total capacity to 3.9 GW and increased its contribution to Australia's renewable generation from 9.3 percent in 2019 to 10.9 percent in 2020.
  • Furthermore, Queensland was recorded as a large-scale solar state in 2020, generating 3.3 GWh of solar power throughout the year. New South Wales followed it with 2.4 GWh and Victoria with just over 1 GWh.
  • The large-scale solar sector is expected to drive the market for the next couple of years, with 52 large-scale solar farms under construction at the end of 2020. The 400 MW Western Downs Green Power Hub in Queensland and the 400 MW, New England Solar Farm in New South Wales are expected to be completed in 2022.
  • Moreover, the country is planning to commission Loxton Solar PV Park located in Southern Australia with a capacity of 270 MW developed by ACE Power and CleanGen Projects in the year 2025.
  • As of May 2020, around 6.07 GW of solar power capacity worth AUD 9.53 billion is under construction in Australia. Such a huge pipeline capacity is expected to boost the growth of large-scale solar power in the country during the forecast period.
  • Owing to the above points, the Australia Solar Power Market is expected to witness rapid growth due to the deployment of large-scale solar installations across the country.
Australia Solar Power Market-Projected Installed Large-Scale solar power generation capacity in Australia

Competitive Landscape

The Australia Solar Power market is fragmented. Some of the major companies include AGL Energy Limited, Infigen Energy Ltd., Neoen SA, FirstSolar Inc., and Sunpower Corporation.

Recent Developments

  • In February 2021, Limondale Solar Farm, with a capacity of 249 MW, is commissioned in New South Wales, Australia. The project is spread across 900 hectares and draws energy from 872,000 panels. The solar farm generates enough electricity to power up to 105,000 homes each year.
  • In August 2020, Darlington Solar Farm, with a capacity of 336MW, which is jointly owned by Edify and Fern Trading Development Limited, commenced operations in August and started providing clean green energy to over 115,000 homes each year, saving 154,147 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Scope of Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definiton

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET OVERVIEW

    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Installed Capacity and Forecast in GW, till 2027

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 PESTLE Analysis

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Solar Photovoltaic (PV)

      2. 5.1.2 Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

    2. 5.2 PV Deployment

      1. 5.2.1 Utlility

      2. 5.2.2 Non-Utility

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 AGL Energy Limited

      2. 6.3.2 Infigen Energy Ltd

      3. 6.3.3 Neoen SA

      4. 6.3.4 SunPower Corporation

      5. 6.3.5 First Solar Inc

      6. 6.3.6 Tindo Solar Pty Ltd

      7. 6.3.7 East Gippsland Solar

      8. 6.3.8 GEM Energy

      9. 6.3.9 Canadian Solar Inc

      10. 6.3.10 Trina Solar Co. Ltd

    4. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Australia Solar Power Market market is studied from 2019 - 2027.

The Australia Solar Power Market is growing at a CAGR of >15.5% over the next 5 years.

AGL Energy Limited, Infigen Energy Ltd., Neoen SA, FirstSolar Inc., SunPower Corporation are the major companies operating in Australia Solar Power Market.

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