Category Archives: PV Users

Report: PV Potential in Canberra

The report includes:

  1. An assessment of PV Potential in Canberra 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 Canberra


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

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 different regions of Australia. These types of data are required to inform investment and system design decisions, and for the management of and planning for distributed energy.

This project involves the development of an interactive PV mapping tool for tracking the uptake and impact of PV and disseminating information to facilitate investment and research.
The Map incorporates:

  • Historical and live performance data covering all main climate regions in Australia, with PV’s contribution to meeting load by electricity market region
  • Installation density and capacity installed by both postcode and Local Government Area, as well as PV power stations greater than 100kW
  • Market data and trends: total capacity, installations/month, capacity/month, cost/kW and installations by size.
  • A GIS-based tool for assessing PV potential in urban environments, accounting for available roof area, tilt, orientation and shading
  • An animation of the per-postcode PV installations across Australia since January 2007
  • Monthly installations for individual postcodes

This project will provide increased awareness, confidence and information about PV capacity and performance. It will provide access to data that can be used to conduct high quality research related to photovoltaics markets, performance, reliability and integration with energy markets and networks. Such research can be used to help to understand the factors that contribute to cost reduction, quality and reliability of PV electricity.

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

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 well has increase or decrease demand peaks. These effects may not only change electricity costs for the households that use them, but also the costs of other households.

This project involved the development of a model that can quantify these impacts on households, as well as on networks and retailers. This will be useful to consumers, utilities and policy-makers, so that tariffs and regulatory frameworks can be designed to maximise income to utilities while minimising costs to consumers.

The APVI conducted this research for the Centre for Policy Development, with funding from the Consumer Advocacy Panel.


Main report (2.9Mb)
Executive summary (385kb)
Facts on Solar (promotional material) (807kb)


APVI 2012 PV in Australia Report

The APVI represents Australia in the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Program (IEA PVPS). This report is part of Australia’s contribution to this program.

This report is recognised as a leading publication for tracking progress in the PV sector in Australia. Significantly, over 1GW of capacity was installed in 2012 bringing total installed capacity to 2.4GW.