Australia's renewables records in 2020

The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) estimates that a record 7 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable capacity was installed last year. This is an 11% increase on the previous record set in 2019 (6.3 GW).

A solar installation boom drove the new record, despite COVID-19 restrictions impacting rooftop solar installation rates for part of the year. One in four Australian homes have solar – the highest uptake of household solar in the world. 

See the CER’s Postcode data for small-scale installations.

In the last quarter of 2020 the share of renewables in the National Electricity Market (NEM) exceeded 30%, another first.

A record 53.6 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity was generated from renewables (including rooftop solar) in the NEM. This is 16% higher than the previous record set in 2019.

For more information, see Minister Taylor’s media release.

The Clean Energy Regulator publishes data on the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme and the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target market.