Another year is coming to a close for the Solar Power industry in New Zealand, and again we have witnessed the steady rise of solar power systems being installed in New Zealand.
With no subsidies or incentives in New Zealand, solar power has done well to see fast growth.
Our figures and graphs are taken from the emi.ea.govt.nz website. The graphs below show the amount of ICP's that are solar power connected.
ICP's are the physical point of connection on a local network. An energy distributor will nominate the point in which an energy retailer can supply electricity to a consumer. Simply put, the ICP's are the number that you can view on a meter box at your home or business.
The ICP numbers with solar power indicate how many solar power systems are in New Zealand.
The Amount of ICP's with Solar Power Installed Between August 2013 and October 2015
The above graph shows that in August 2013 there were 1,212 ICP's with solar power, by August 2014 3,823 ICP's had solar power, by October 2015 there were 7,749 ICP's with solar power.
We have seen a record number of solar installations in New Zealand this year, but with Australia currently at around 1.5 million systems and counting, clearly the New Zealand solar industry has a long way to go.
The Percentage of ICP's with Solar Power Installed Between October 2013 and October 2015
This graph shows that nearly 0.4% of ICP's have solar power connected to them.
In August 2013, New Zealand was at 0.062%, indicating strong growth. But 0.4% is very small and proves that there is significant opportunity for expansion.
Bring on 2016!