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SunSPoT

Understand your solar potential

Smart Energy Decision Making
A Smart Cities and Suburbs Project

SunSPoT is an easy-to-use online-tool to assess the potential for electricity generation from solar PV on rooftops. Try it on your own home here!

Have your Local Government Area mapped with SunSPoT

There is significant potential for rooftop solar PV in Australia, but there has thus far been a lack of good quality information to make decisions about solar PV investments.

 SunSPoT provides information and analysis to help energy consumers and PV businesses make better decisions about investment in solar PV. Councils, rate-payers, community groups and businesses can assess the best opportunities for solar PV, which will inform better planning, policy development and investment in solar PV on the best sites.

Join the Smart Cities and Suburbs Project: The APVI, UNSW and partners are working with councils to map the solar potential of their local government areas.

More information is available here (8.2Mb)

If your council area has not yet been mapped, contact your local council and sunspot@apvi.org.au with an expression of interest

SunSPoT Media

SunSPoT solar savings calculator for installing solar panels on city buildings
Podcast: Civic’s $14 Million solar potential

Funding

This project was initially funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and is now supported by the Smart Cities & Suburbs Program, as well as by a range of partners and participating councils.

If data or information from SunSPoT are quoted or otherwise used, the source should be cited as: Australian PV Institute (APVI) SunSPoT, funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the Smart Cities & Suburbs Program, accessed from pv-map.apvi.org.au.

Report: PV Potential in Brisbane

The report includes:

  1. An assessment of PV Potential in Brisbane CBD
  2. An estimate of the potential impact of rooftop PV on local electricity consumption and emissions
  3. Identification of rooftops with the largest PV potential (area available) in the CBD
  4. Three case studies of PV Potential on landmark buildings in Brisbane

Best Practice Guidelines for Local Government Approval of (Solar) Photovoltaic Installations

This Project evaluated the current procedures being followed by local governments around Australia for installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems in urban areas. It also examined relevant Planning and Solar Access regulations which impact on PV. It resulted in the production of the Best Practice Guidelines below.

The information was compiled via discussions with Councils, PV installers, State Government agencies, Solar City managers and others. Internet Surveys were also used and these were publicised via Local Government Associations and other interested organisations.

Funding was provided by the Australian Government’s Low Emissions Technology and Abatement – Renewables Program.

Final Report
Best Practice Guidelines

Building Integrated PV (BiPV) Best Practice Guidelines

These Best Practice Guidelines have been developed in consultation with a broad range of external organizations with an interest in building integrated photovoltaic (BiPV) applications. The report aims to facilitate the development of high quality BiPV projects. The guidelines are not intended to replace existing energy, environmental or planning policies, Australian standards or legislation at local, state and federal government levels.

The guidelines are designed as a guide only for designers, developers, tradesmen, building owners, planners, financiers and related practitioners. It is recommended that before proceeding with projects, parties should first seek and obtain their own independent professional support and advice.