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SA Power Networks could introduce $100 annual charge for solar homes

May 28, 2015
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South Australia’s monopoly power network operator, SA Power Networks, has flagged the introduction of a $100 a year network surcharge on the state’s solar households. The proposal was revealed in a submission to the Australian Energy Regulator earlier this week, and follows decisions by both the Queensland and West Australian governments – the owners of […]

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Monitoring Aussie solar output with updated APVI PV map

April 23, 2015
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The contribution of Australia’s 1.3 million rooftop solar systems can now be monitored in real time, with the launch of an updated solar mapping service by the Australian PV Institute. The newly enhanced version of APVI’s Live Solar PV Map – a tool originally developed in the lead-up to the Queensland election to track the […]

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APVI launches crowd-funding campaign to further develop Aussie solar map

March 20, 2015
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The Australian PV Institute has launched a crowd-funding campaign to help finance the further development its live-mapping solar website, which charts Queensland’s solar installations by postcode and local government area. The Solar Map, originally developed in the lead-up to the Queensland election, was first commissioned to map the state’s solar distribution by electorate. As RenewEconomy noted here and here, […]

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Rooftop solar helps Queensland avoid new peak demand record

March 12, 2015
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The temperature was not the only number that soared across Queensland on Thursday 5 March: so did power demand. As WattClarity’s Paul McArdle notes, electricity demand reached a peak of 8892MW at approximately 16:50 on Thursday, just 51MW shy of the all-time record for Queensland. Unadjusted for the Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI) estimated 173MW of solar […]

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Solar industry says utilities unfairly targeting solar homes in ‘demand tariff’ report

December 12, 2014
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The Australian solar industry has accused electricity network operators of unfairly targeting the nation’s two million solar households to justify tariff changes designed to protect the “gold plating” of the networks over the past decade. The Energy Networks Association on Wednesday resumed its push to introduce so-called “demand” tariffs, which it said would be more […]

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Australian rooftop solar capacity now over 4GW

December 8, 2014
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Just days after data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed one in five houses in Australia used some form of solar energy, new data has shown that the nation’s total rooftop solar capacity has surpassed 4GW. The Australian Photovoltaic Institute, who provided the data via its solar map that tracks capacity, output and generation […]

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APVI slams Australian Energy Market Commission over unfair, ineffective tariff structures

October 22, 2014
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The Australian Photovoltaic Institute has issued a scathing critique of proposed guidelines for electricity network pricing and tariffs, arguing that instead of reducing consumer bills, the new regimes will simply act to further protect network revenues. In a submission to the Australian Energy Regulator, APVI is highly critical of the recent pricing deliberations by the […]

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APVI adds PV system output estimator to suite of solar maps

July 31, 2014
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Australian households will now be able to estimate their rooftop’s potential for solar PV before installing a system, thanks to a new online modelling tool created by the Australian PV Institute. The free, 3D mapping program launched last week by APVI, will allow rooftop solar customers in Australia’s capital cities to weigh up the energy […]

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Are Australian solar homes getting a fair deal? QLD & NSW vs Minnesota

April 1, 2014
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Australian solar households are beginning to ask themselves if they are getting a good deal for the excess solar electricity that they export back to the grid during day time hours. In most parts of Australia, those households installing rooftop solar arrays for the first time, or those coming out of previous contracts, are getting […]

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Online solar mapping tools that help you unleash your inner solar potential

March 26, 2014
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You’ve heard the good news stories from your neighbours. You’ve seen solar popping up on rooftops in your suburb. It must make sense, you say to your-self. But what’s your solar potential? Technology and computing power is making this question increasingly easy to answer and today, there are a myriad of solar mapping tools available […]

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EnergyAustralia: Rooftop solar to blame for falling wholesale electricity costs & demand

March 3, 2014
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The explosion of rooftop solar PV has caused grief to another major incumbent utility in Australia, with EnergyAustralia, one of the big three utilities in the country, blaming it for contributing to falling demand and plunging wholesale electricity costs. EnergyAustralia has reported a sharp slump in earnings for the last year – just $18 million […]

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39% of Australians think Renewable Energy Target is ‘about right’, 25% ‘too low’ according to poll

February 27, 2014
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The federal government’s ire towards Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) appears to be seriously out of proportion with public sentiment regarding the incentive scheme, if the results of an Essential Report poll are correct. Of those surveyed, only 13% indicated that they thought the RET target of 20% renewables by the year 2020 was to […]

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Limiting peak demand with ‘pipe’ approach won’t work for Australia, says APVI

February 7, 2014
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When electricity demand peaks, it not only requires power plants to be fired up to meet the demand, but also increases the price of electricity. For example, in the US, 10-20% of the net electricity cost is due to the cost of meeting peak grid demand that occurs for only 100 hours of the year […]

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Solar homes & businesses meeting more than 10% of daytime electricity demand in WA, SA & QLD

February 4, 2014
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The influence of rooftop solar PV on Australia’s electricity grids is growing steadily, highlighted by recent data that shows households and businesses are supplying more than 10 per cent of total electricity demand during many of the daytime hours. Data from the APVI live solar map (it also has historical information) for recent days shows […]

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How does your LGA fare for rooftop solar? Check out the APVI’s solar map

December 11, 2013
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The Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI, formerly APVA) has debuted an interactive solar PV status map on its recently re-launched website. The map, which uses data from the Clean Energy Regulator and whose development was in part funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), offers a glimpse at how solar PV capacity & penetration fare […]

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The Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI)

July 9, 2013
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The Australian Photovotaic Institute (APVI, formerly APVA) is Australia’s oldest PV industry body devoted to the development of the solar PV industry in Australia. The APVI’s activities include industry research and acting as the host of numerous PV-related networking and educational events. Additionally, the APVI acts as Australia’s liaison with the International Energy Agency (IEA) […]

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