Distributed energy resourcesProject Increasing the Uptake of Solar PV in Strata Residential Developments
This report presents the overall findings for the White Gum Valley Microgrid project.
This research is based on a case study of three medium density residential developments in the White Gum Valley precinct, located in the City of Fremantle, Western Australia.
The success of rooftop household solar photovoltaic (PV) installation in Australia is well documented. This success has not extended to increased uptake for strata residential developments due to ill-defined rules around shared ownership, and a lack of demonstration projects in Australia. Four key objectives were defined:
- Identify key factors impacting on market uptake for solar PV and storage solutions within a medium-scale urban strata development
- Develop a governance model and microgrid design for operating solar PV, battery storage and metering solutions for medium-density strata title urban developments
- Investigate costs, benefits and risks of the identified governance model from the perspective of all affected stakeholders
- Study the network implications for the mainstream deployment of solar with energy storage in a medium density development.