What is the Australian PV Institute?

The Australian PV Institute is a not-for-profit, member-based organisation providing data analysis, reliable and objective information, and collaborative research to support the development and uptake of solar photovoltaics and related technologies.

APVI members are organisations and individuals from industry and academia with an interest in solar energy research, technology, manufacturing, systems, policies, programs and projects.

Participation in APVI activities is on the basis of subscriptions or sponsorship of research and events. Benefits include regular events and newsletters, access to data, networking and opportunities to work with local and international PV experts on submissions, reports and research projects.

In conjunction with academia, governments and industry, APVI develops high quality solar analysis tools. In addition to Australian activities, we provide the structure through which Australia participates in two International Energy Agency (IEA) programs.

Our work is intended to be apolitical and of use not only to our members but also to the general community. We focus on data analysis, independent and balanced information, and collaborative research, both nationally and internationally.

For how to join the APVI, and the costs of joining, go here.

APVI is a not for profit company, limited by guarantee.

Board members

  • Chris Fell, CSIRO (Chair)
  • Annie Ngo, ITP Renewables
  • Ken Guthrie, Sustainable Energy Transformation
  • Linda Koschier
  • Mike Roberts, UNSW

Other Office Bearers

  • Secretary: Renate Egan, UNSW
  • Treasurer: Robert Passey, UNSW / ITP Renewables
  • Public Officer: Igor Skryabin, ANU

Solar Maps Team

  • Project Leader: Anna Bruce
  • SunSPoT Development and Data Analytics: Jessie Copper
  • Solar Maps Development and Data Analytics: Navid Haghdadi
  • Project Support: Rob Passey and Mike Roberts
  • Council Liaison: Alison Potter (and Utkarshaa Varshney)

Data Processing and Technical Support (UNSW): Phoebe Heywood, Zubair Abdullah-Vetter, Elise Caton, Mohammad Dehghanimadvar, Siddharth Nair, Ashleigh Nicholls, Charles Ramsden

Board Members

Chris Fell

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A PhD physicist with 28 years experience in research, industry and academia, Chris is a Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO. He founded CSIRO’s photovoltaics research program, now operating commercially as PV Performance Laboratory, the only accredited PV measurement facility in the Southern Hemisphere. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chris is Chair of the Australian Photovoltaics Institute (APVI) and a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of Newcastle.

Chris is Australia’s representative on the IEC international standards committee for photovoltaic modules and is an Australian expert on IEA Task 13, Performance and Reliability of Photovoltaic Systems.

Ken Guthrie

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Ken is the Australian Representative on the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Program.  The ExCo meets bi-annually with the Operating Agents for each IEA SHC Task. As Australian ExCo, Ken-ordinates all of Australia’s participation in the IEA SHC program. Ken also works on Task 64; Solar Heat for Industrial Processes.

Ken has 40 years experience in Solar and energy efficiency in the Victorian Public sector and in Consulting. He was Chair of the IEA SHC program from 2014 to 2018 and Chair of the ISO committee on solar energy until 2017.  He chairs the Australian and New Zealand solar heating standards committee CS028 and is currently Managing Director at Sustainable Energy Transformation Pty Ltd.

Linda Koschier

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Linda has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy industry covering a broad range of areas across the entire value chain. Her most recent role is Head of Corporate Partnerships for EnergyLab, a not for profit accelerator organisation for clean energy start-ups. Previously she was Head of Partnerships for Origin Energy in the Future Energy division focused on seeking out new opportunities for technology adoption and collaborative research. Prior to these roles, Linda was Director of Strategic Development at UNSW’s solar research group where she set up industry collaborations and worked on strengthening alumni relations.

Her other roles include; Director Strategic Sales for Meyer Burger/Roth & Rau, VP Business Development for BT Imaging, Business Development Manager for Amonix Inc, and Product development engineer for Astropower Inc. Linda is also currently Director of the APVI, on the board of advisors of Tractile P/L and the Task 1 member for Australia on the IEA PVPS committee.

Linda holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the UNSW’s solar research group, an MBA from the AGSM and is a graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors.

Annie Ngo

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Annie is an energy economist with over 14 years’ experience in renewable policy, climate change and energy sector development. She is an experienced advisor to with national and sub-national governments on strategies for identifying and implementing opportunities to adopt renewable energy and build resilience to climate change. She has fulfilled specialist advisory roles on energy policy, project implementation and governance frameworks.

Annie currently is a Senior Consultant at ITP Renewables where her focus has been on distributed energy resources, distributed solar PV and batteries, energy transitions and clean energy strategies. She previously was Principal Adviser on renewable energy for the South Australian Government and Senior Energy Sector Analyst with the Energy Users Association of Australia.

Mike Roberts

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Mike is a Senior Research Associate in the School for Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW. His research includes technical, social, economic and policy analysis for increasing the deployment and system integration of distributed renewables, with a focus on user perspectives of the energy system.  Particular interests include distributed photovoltaics and storage, demand management and flexibility, mini-grids and embedded networks, solar potential assessment, energy resilience and community renewable energy.

Mike has a BSc in Physics from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Renewable Energy Engineering from UNSW

Office Bearers

Renate Egan

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Co Founder and Chair, Solar Analytics and Professor at UNSW, School of PV and Renewable Energy Engineering. 

Renate is the Australian Representative on the Executive Committee (ExCo) for the PV Power Systems program. The ExCo meets bi-annually with the Operating Agents for each IEA Task. As Australian ExCo, Renate co-ordinates all of Australia’s participation in the IEA PVPS program. 

She has 25 years industry experience in module manufacturing, technology development and innovation, and was Chair of the APVI from 2014 to 2019.

Rob Passey

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Rob has 20 years’ experience working in the energy sector. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of New South Wales. He is also a Senior Consultant at ITP Renewables and Treasurer at ther Australian PV Institute. Rob’s policy research and analysis focus includes renewable energy, distributed generation, energy efficiency and emissions trading. He is especially interested in developing market mechanisms to reduce greenhouse emissions, increase uptake of low emission technologies and drive energy efficiency. In addition, Rob is researching areas such as smart grids, electric vehicles, and technical assessments of low emissions technologies.

Rob has a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours and University Medal) from the University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Science from Murdoch University and PhD from the University of New South Wales.

Igor Skryabin

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Igor Skryabin is Research and Business Development Manager and convener of the Hydrogen Economy research cluster of  ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions (ICEDS).

Dr Skryabin’s career has spanned both industry and academia. His major research contribution was in the field of electrochemical PV and electrochromic devices: as a Technology Executive, Dr Skryabin led the technology development programme at  Dyesol’s Ltd. He is a director of several technology start-ups.   Igor’s authored 35+ patents and industrial designs, 100+ research papers.   In their 2010 review of Australian solar patents, Griffith Hack identified Dr Skryabin as the second-most cited Australian solar inventor. He holds MSc in physics, PhD in technical sciences from the Moscow University of Ecological Engineering, MBA from the UC and MIP from UTS. Dr Skryabin represents ANU in the NERA Hydrogen Technology Cluster.