The implications of Australia’s rooftop solar boom

Australia now has a total of 1.85 million rooftop solar installations, data that confirms we are experiencing a rooftop solar boom. And it’s relatively recent; according to the Clean Energy Regulator there were only 118 solar panel installations in 2001. In 2017 there were 170,710.

The implications of this boom, which saw its biggest increase from 2009 to 2010 (a leap of 68%) are overwhelmingly positive. Emissions are decreasing and solar users have access to cheaper electricity.

But there are issues around the solar boom that need serious thought. As fewer people pay for electricity offered by the retailers, who pays for the cost of the distribution network? After all, network costs make up half of a residential e