The Australian PV Institute (APVI) has released an enhanced version of its live PV solar map.
The map now monitors more than 5500 systems, double the previous amount. This extra allows energy stakeholders to access more data and more detailed and accurate output estimates from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed across Australia.
ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said ARENA was pleased to have provided $430,000 funding support to the map’s development.
“The maps and tools developed by APVI are invaluable assets for demonstrating and tracking the contribution of solar PV to Australia’s energy markets. The interactive live map allows us to track vital and timely information nationally as well as by state and territory,” Mr Frischknecht said.
“These resources have attracted significant interest since being launched in 2014 with nearly 25,000 unique visits to the website. This underscores the value of translating raw data into visual information for electricity operators, the solar industry, government and consumers.”
Dr Anna Bruce from UNSW, the lead researcher behind the map, said the improvements would help increase consumer and electricity sector confidence in solar PV by providing better information on how, when and where the 1.3 million PV systems in Australia are generating emissions-free electricity and reducing demand peaks.
“This will not only help to illustrate how householders can reduce electricity bills but also enable better integration of solar PV into the electricity system, which will help to reduce costs for everyone,” Dr Bruce said.
- Live solar PV map
- Project profile: Development of an Australian solar map
- Media release – 24 Jan 2014: New interactive map sheds light on Australian solar power