This report covers the key findings and results from Stage 1 of this project, with a focus on data acquisition, data storage, and data analysis.
‘Alea iacta est’ – the dice has been rolled and demonstrates there is no turning back from the transition to a decentralised and decarbonised energy future.
The current challenge for policy makers, industry and stakeholders is to manage this transition to ensure that it is just, affordable and safe. In the Australian context, special attention needs to be paid to households and small rooftop PV systems. Cumulatively, the 3 million+ small-scale rooftop PV systems are already Australia’s biggest electricity generator, with households across the country installing these systems at a rate of between 250,000 to 300,000 per year.
While these rooftop PV systems are a blessing for households in terms of electricity bill savings, they are a growing problem for distributed network service providers (DNSPs), especially in the low-voltage part of the system.