Category Archives: PV industry


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 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


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

Climate-based PV Performance and Reliability


(this fault reporting website is now closed and a report summarising the results will be made available shortly)

As part of this project a web-based survey was developed for anyone who owns, operates, installs or inspects a PV system and/or has detected a fault/problem with whole or part of the system. This ‘PV Module and System Fault Reporting Portal’ was developed to increase the understanding of the PV industry about the types of problems that are found with different system components when they are exposed to the Australian environment. It will help to improve future PV system design, component selection, product development and product approvals for Australian conditions.

Project description

There is a large range of PV modules and systems across Australia and the world, operating under an extremely wide variety of climate conditions. These variations in system specifications and climate can significantly impact overall performance.

This project will provide a publicly available, high quality PV performance database containing location-specific technical, operational and performance data. Data will be collated from a variety of representative locations across Australia. Analysis of these data and project outputs will highlight technical aspects of PV systems that need improvement, inform development of standards and guidelines, and enable comparisons to be made of performance, reliability and economics in different climate zones.

This project will increase overall investment confidence in PV markets by providing information on performance and reliability of PV systems in Australian climate conditions. Through participation in the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Program’s task on Performance and Reliability and the International PV Quality Assurance Taskforce, the project will also contribute to establishing internationally agreed methods of assessing and communicating information about PV performance and reliability.


‘PV System Reliability – Preliminary Findings from the PV Module and System Fault Reporting Website’, ASPRC 2014

Analysis of Long-Term Performance of PV Systems, IEA PVPS, 2014

‘Correcting Output Data from Distributed PV Systems for Performance Analysis’, Abstract, ASPRC 2014

‘Improved ’Nowcasting’ of Residential PV Generation Using Clustering Methods’, Abstract, EU PVSEC 2014

Australian PV System Monitoring Guide 2013


‘Correcting Output Data from Distributed PV Systems for Performance Analysis’, ASPRC 2014

‘Improved ’Nowcasting’ of Residential PV Generation Using Clustering Methods’, EU PVSEC 2014

PV Module Quality, Reliability & Compliance, CEC ATRAA Conference 2014

PV integration on Australian distribution networks: Literature review

A literature review was conducted by the University of NSW of the publically-available information concerning PV integration on Australian distribution networks.

This review provides an overview of electricity distribution in Australia and the amount of PV that is currently installed. It also summarises the Australian standards, state-based regulations and DNSP policies that apply to the connection of PV systems, as well as a range of submissions and presentations that have been made by DNSPs to government enquiries and at industry conferences.