The number of solar panels on the roofs of homes across the Nation’s Capital is on the rise.

New figures, released by the ACT Government, show the total number of generators across Canberra now sits at more than 28,000.

That total figure increasing by more than 17% during the past financial year.

ACT Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Shane Rattenbury said it’s pleasing to see the use of solar power increase more than a decade on since the Government launched a buy-back scheme for solar power.

“Though the scheme closed to new applicants in 2011, having served its purpose to drive investment and help bring solar system prices down, I am delighted to see so many Canberrans are taking up clean, green renewable energy options.

The total installed capacity from solar generators on Canberra’s rooftops last financial year was 135 megawatts, which is more than six times what the ACT’s large-scale Royalla solar farm generates.

The ACT Government will commence a rollout of the Sustainable Household Loan Scheme through 2021 that will remove the up-front financial barrier to access cheaper forms of energy for households such as rooftop solar as sun powered energy continues to a play an important role in maintaining the Territory’s 100% renewable electricity supply.