Category Archives: Electricity sector

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.

Guideline to Introducing Quality Renewable Energy Technician Training Programs

This document is intended as a guide for The Renewable Energy Industry, Multi-Lateral and Bi- Lateral Donors and Government Ministries/Departments that want to introduce competency based quality renewable training programs for technicians into a country or region.

The guide provides an overview of: 1. QualityTrainingFrameworks;

  1. The processes involved in developing competency based Quality-Training programs; and
  2. The capacity building requirements for the technical and vocational education sector

The overall objective of the guide is to enable stakeholders to identify the best way to introduce renewable energy courses into an existing quality training framework or, if one does not exist, to establish a process whereby the training being provided is following quality procedures.

The guide concludes with recommendation that the Global Renewable Energy Industry should consider the introduction of an international framework that would provide a mechanism for renewable energy training programs to be accredited by a third party.

IEA PVPS Task 14: High Penetration of Photovoltaic systems in electricity grids

This project supports Australian involvement in the International Energy Agency PV Power Systems Program’s Task 14 on High Penetration of PV Systems in Electricity Grids. The Task brings together researchers from the US, Europe, Asia and Australia to address the opportunities and challenges of growing PV deployment on electricity networks. More information on Task 14 can be found here.

An international workshop was held at UNSW in late 2013 that discussed the results to date of the IEA PVPS Task 14: High penetration of PV in electricity grids and considered the findings in the Australian context. The presentations can be found here.

Australian contributions include case studies of high PV penetrations in particular Australian networks, as well as a number of research projects exploring how we can better facilitate PV integration into the Australian electricity industry. The following reports are available:

A Distributed Energy Market: Consumer & Utility Interest, and the Regulatory Requirements

The ongoing uptake of Distributed Energy (DE) options such as solar PV, solar water heaters and energy efficiency measures are reducing electricity use and electricity utility revenues. There is significant potential for further uptake of these technologies, which will decrease utility revenues further. The responses by utilities and governments to date have essentially attempted to maintain the status quo, however, ‘disruptive technologies’ such as PV and EE will likely drive the need for more fundamental changes.

This project discusses these issues for residential customers and proposes a regulatory framework that could form the basis of a DE market that would optimise DE’s contribution to least-cost energy services and enable the existing electricity industry to transition to the ‘new normal’.

The project involved focus groups and surveys of the general public, interviews with the electricity industry, government agencies and regulators, with all findings presented at a public workshop and through a number of reports.

ARENA and the University of Arizona have funded the collaborative research, with reports published by the CSIRO, the University of Arizona and the APVA.

Reports

Main project report (Executive Summary and Full report)
Focus groups report (Key findings and Full report)
Survey report (Key findings and Full report)

Workshop presentations

Program
Introduction
DE Market in USA & Mexico
Focus Group and Survey Responses
Regulatory Arrangements for a DE Market
Responses by Utilities & Regulators