Research Projects

The APVI undertakes a range of technical, economic and social research projects on issues relevant to PV. We work with a range of other organisations and all members are encouraged to participate. Our research is used for reports, submissions, seminars, information and education.

One principal research activity of the APVI is to manage Australian participation in the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Program (IEA PVPS, www.iea-pvps.org) and the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Program (IEA SHC, www.iea-shc.org). Work is arranged by activities (Tasks), each with its own commitments of time and resources, and again, all members are invited to participate according to their interests.

Current projects in which the APVI is currently involved are summarised below, with recent projects further down the page.

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SunSPoT

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…

An Interactive Australian Solar PV Mapping Resource

The Live Solar Map can be found here! There is a lack of understanding of PV potential, performance and impact on electricity systems across…

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…

Climate-based PV Performance and Reliability

PV FAULT REPORTING WEBSITE (this fault reporting website is now closed and a report summarising the results will be made available shortly) As part…

Impacts of PV, AC, and Other Technologies and Tariffs on Consumer Costs

The uptake of technologies such as air conditioners, PV, solar water heaters and energy efficiency options can both increase or decrease electricity use as…

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…

Developing Alice Springs & Central Australia as a World-leading Solar Centre

The Northern Territory Government commissioned a report on developing its vision of Alice Springs and Central Australia as a “ world-leading solar energy centre…

Projecting PV Electricity costs

The APVI developed a set of techno-economic projection models to inform stakeholders as to likely changes in the cost of electricity generated by PV,…

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…

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How Much Rooftop Solar can be Installed in Australia?

This report estimates the total potential for rooftop solar to be 179 gigawatts with an annual energy output of 245 terawatt-hours. It was produced…

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IEA PVPS Snapshot of Global PV 2019

This report is a global snapshot of PV developments that is compiled by the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme. It reports on…

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Solar Trends Report for Solar Citizens

This report was commissioned by Solar Citizens and written by some of the brightest minds at UNSW Sydney and the Australian PV Institute. It…

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Australia hits 10GW solar

The PV industry broke a whole set of new records in September. Australia now has over 10.1 GW of solar installed, capable of delivering 14.6…

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