Australias solar capacity could hit 80 GW by 2030, says GlobalData


A new GlobalData report suggests that Australias solar capacity could reach 80 GW over the next decade.


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GlobalData says in a new report that solar installations in Australia could grow by a factor of four by 2030. It estimates that the country will reach a solar capacity of 80.22 GW in 2030, from 17.99 GW in 2020.

The report also forecasts a significant decline in the dominance of thermal power in Australias energy mix, seeing it decline from a 58.6% share in the 2000-20 period to only 27.8% in 2030.

Australia plans to compensate the decline in thermal and hydropower capacity with renewable power capacity growth,said GlobalData power analyst Aditya Sharma. By 2030, the share of renewable power capacity is set to reach 69.9%, driven mostly by solar PV installations.

GlobalData points to Australias various federal, state and local regulatory regimes as one of the primary drivers for its already world-leading solar deployment. The rate of rooftop solar adoption in the country well exceeds the global average.

According to data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), more than 260 GW of renewable energy was added throughout the world in 2020, surpassing 2019s previous net increase record by almost 50%. Australias pace of growth was almost double the global average, coming in at 18.4%.

The growth of solar PV in Australia is driven by frequent renewable energy auctions and offering of feed-in tariffs,continued Sharma. In addition to the federal initiatives, all eight provinces offer their own schemes supporting growth of solar PV. For instance, in Australian Capital Territory, in addition to solar PV auctions, the provincial government also offers interest-free loans for rooftop solar.