Australia leads global battery installations

prototype-australia-rooftop-solar-1000In 2017, Australia installed more battery power than any other country in the world in megawatts (MW) of capacity. In megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy storage, Australia was in second position, only behind the USA.

For a population of just 24 million people and the 14th largest economy, it is a remarkable signal that rooftop solar and distributed storage innovations have uniquely deep penetration in Australia.

A combination of uncertain energy policy, relatively high grid prices, and rapidly falling PV, wind and battery prices have yielded an Australian technology experiment. Where might it lead?

Read more: AFR

Image: Rooftop solar in Australia. By Michael Coghlan / CC-BY-SA 2.0

This story is taken from the 13 July 2018 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.