01 Jan 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to mandate solar and living roofs on most new construction. With the passage of this legislation, between 15% and 30% of roof space on most new construction projects will incorporate solar, living roofs, or a combination of both.

Website
09 Feb 2015

Photovoltaic systems are increasingly being used in residential buildings. The absorbed heat of PV panels is normally dissipated to the ambient air via a natural convection and radiation.

Conference paper
10 Feb 2016

This paper outlines opportunities for, and barriers to, increasing PV deployment on apartment buildings in Australia. With PV penetration reaching 40% of residential dwellings in some parts of the country, access to renewable energy for the 14% of Australians who live in apartments has lagged behind.

Conference paper
16 Aug 2016

14% of Australians live in apartments, predominantly in urban centres, yet few of these have PV systems, despite high levels of PV deployment on separate and semi-detached residential buildings.

Conference paper
12 Nov 2019

This presentation investigates the value of using forecast variables from multiple vertical layers of NWP as machine learning inputs in improving the accuracy of solar irradiance forecasts. Moreover, the effects of postprocessing on the NWP models with different spatio-temporal resolution – Global Forecast System (GFS), regional (ACCESS-R) and city (ACCESS-C)...

Presentation
11 Dec 2018

Solar is an excellent investment for almost all Australian households, but there are a wide range of savings, depending on the characteristics of household electricity consumption, retail tariffs and roof characteristics. Nevertheless, the majority of households installing a wide range of PV system sizes under different types of tariffs can expect a payback of between 3-7 years.

Report

Household solar, batteries and smart inverters can improve the stability and quality of power supplied by the electricity grid, early results from a pioneering trial in regional homes across NSW and Victoria suggest.

Article
09 Sep 2018

Cool roof technology is known to reduce the cooling energy consumption of conditioned buildings during hot periods, and widespread implementation of such roofs in a neighbourhood or precinct can mitigate the urban heat island effect.

Report
22 Oct 2015

The standard mathematical approach used to calculate photovoltaic (PV) array spacing contains a number of assumptions that limits its use to PV arrays installed on horizontal surfaces. This paper utilises vector analysis to develop a new method to calculate array spacing and potential system size for any combination of PV array and surface tilt and orientation.

Journal article
17 Jun 2016

This study examines patterns of electricity use by Sydney households who have installed solar PV technology compared to those who have not in order to identify whether conservation or rebound effects are associated with domestic photovoltaics. A rebound effect exists when expected energy (and carbon) savings stimulate greater energy use.

Report
06 Dec 2018

Deployment of rooftop photovoltaics (PV) is technically constrained by the availability of suitable roof space as well as by the ability of the distribution network to absorb exported generation.

Conference paper