Rooftop Solar Panels In Australia Reached More Than 31 Million Units
If there is any indication that solar power on the Gold Coast prices have declined, the total number of rooftop solar panels might be strong evidence. According to data, rooftop solar panel installations have reached more than 31 million. This number only covers the photovoltaic installations on a smaller scale.
The data, which was released by Clean Energy Regulator, recorded over 31 million up until November 30 of 2018. This is equal to a solar capacity of 7.8 MW for systems that are not greater than 100 kW. More than a month has already passed and according to the 12-month rule for accompanying systems which is used as reference by the Regulator, the current number is expected to be higher.
At more than 31 million panels, it is more than 1 for each man, woman and child living in the country because as published by Worldometers, the approximate population is 24.9 million.
If you are trying to imagine what 31 million rooftop solar panels are like, think of the average length of each panel which is about 1.6 meters. If all the 31 million modules are connected from one end to another, it would reach a distance of more than 49,600 km. That figure is longer than the length of the mainland coastline of Australia by 13,700 km.
On another perspective, stacking the panels on top of one another will result to a tower as high as 1,085 km given that the thickness of each one is 35mm. The resulting height is 490 times compared to Mount Kosciuszko. You just need to add 74 km in order to equal the road distance between Canberra and Adelaide.
Considering the weight of the solar panels, each 250W weighs between 18 and 19 kg therefore 31 million panels is equal to 558,000 tonnes. This number is as heavy as 93,000 male elephants of the African bush variety.
There are a lot of advantages since the solar power on the Gold Coast prices are starting to climb down yet there are also new challengers presented with the rising number of installations such as the question of how these panels will be disposed when they reached their end of life.