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The ACT Government has published its 2019-20 annual Feed-in Tariff report, indicating an increase in Canberra’s solar generation by over 17 per cent compared to the previous financial year.

According to the report, there are now more than 28,000 solar generators in Canberra, with over 119,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy generated in 2019-20, an increase of 18.8 per cent.

The total installed capacity from solar generators on Canberra’s rooftops last financial year was 135MW, which is more than six times what the ACT’s large-scale Royalla solar farm generates.

Rooftop solar is expected to continue to play a valuable role in maintaining the ACT’s 100 per cent renewable electricity supply for many years to come.

According to the 2019-20 annual report, the ACT Government’s small and medium FiT scheme supported 10,153 local solar generators last financial year, which generated 47,296 MWh of electricity, an increase of 1.6 per cent.

The cost of the scheme also declined by 1.46 per cent to just 83c a week for the average consumer.

ACT Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Shane Rattenbury, said,  “Canberrans are playing a significant part in generating the ACT’s 100 per cent renewable electricity supply. 

“Canberrans recognise the value solar has to our clean, green and affordable energy future.

“The FiT scheme, which was designed as an incentive to boost solar uptake when the technology was new and more expensive, has made an important contribution to renewable electricity generation in the ACT.

“Though the scheme closed to new applicants in 2011, having served its purpose to drive investment and help bring solar system prices down, I am delighted to see so many Canberrans are taking up clean, green renewable energy options.

“Installing solar at your home or business can bring your energy costs down while contributing to our 100 per cent renewable electricity supply, so I encourage Canberrans to look at how they can contribute to Canberra’s clean energy future.”

The ACT Government will commence the rollout of the Sustainable Household Loan Scheme through 2021 which will remove the up-front financial barrier to access cheaper forms of energy for households such as rooftop solar.

The initiative will allow households without the available capital to make sustainable investment to reduce their power bills immediately, support more jobs in the economy, and reduce emissions.

To read the 2019-20 annual report, click here.

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