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

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…

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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Sunny side up: how schools, prisons and libraries can power Queensland’s renewable future

This report looks at the solar rooftop opportunities on public buildings in five diverse local government areas (LGAs) — Brisbane, Cairns, Logan, Gladstone and…

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National Survey Report of PV Power Applications in Australia 2019

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

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Webinar: Integrated Solutions for Daylight and Electric Lighting

The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme presents a free webinar timed to suit Australian audiences. September 25th @ 6:00 am UTC / GMT  (4:00…

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International Study: Solar PV Module Disposal Poses No Health Risk

A new report, by an International Energy Agency task force, finds no significant hazards for land-fill waste disposal of solar PV modules. Press release…

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