Distributed energy resourcesProject Project SHIELD
This is the third Lessons Learnt report for this project and outlines the work undertaken under Milestone 3, including, data access and transparency.
By the end of 2021 more than 3 million Australian households had installed a small-scale, behind the meter PV system at their properties. The cumulative capacity of these systems worth around 16GW, now represent the largest generator in the Australian energy system. Australia is the world leader in rooftop solar capacity per person.
Industry analysts forecast that between 2022 and 2030 an additional 2.5GW per annum will be added in this sector.
While the rooftop PV boom is positive for Australia’s carbon emission reduction targets, employment in the sector and consumers, the fast and continued growth of rooftop solar PV generation creates a number of challenges for Australia’s distribution network operators.