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Australia Solar Power Sector Opportunity Analysis

August 2013 | 85 pages | ID: AD60352562BEN
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As Australia is moving towards increased solar power generation, the installed capacity of solar modules has shown considerable growth in the recent years. The use of solar energy for power generation had started way back in 1992 in the country with a few pilot projects and an installed capacity of 7.3 MW. With Australia’s power generation dominated by fossil fuels and a lack of clear solar energy policies and growth framework, the installed capacity could not grow more than 2 to 5 MW per year till 2001. Also, this period saw a growth in hydro and wind power production systems indicating the government’s focus on the other known and technologically available sources of clean energy. Post 2001, the installed capacity addition was in the range of 5 to 12 MW till 2007 on a per year basis. It was only in 2007 when solar power production gained weight and the installed capacity started growing by a larger margin.

The last couple of years (2011 & 2012) have truly been the solar years for Australia with solar announcing its arrival in a grand manner. More than 1.6 GW was added in last two years which have given solar power development the required momentum. This was achieved through a change in policies and a greater shift of focus of the government from other renewable sources to solar energy. Solar PV in Australia is divided into four sub markets namely, Off-grid domestic, off-grid non-domestic, grid-connected distributed and grid-connected centralized. These four sub markets signify the distribution of the installed capacity in the country.

Solar PV technology is bound to play a larger role in the electricity production sector of Australia which will certainly be augmented by the increasing investments and positively shaping policies. The government is keen on exploiting all its energy sources and solar being one of the most abundant has taken priority over others. The technology is entering its advanced stage and Australia looks set to embrace the solar energy giving it a bigger share in power generation in the coming years.

“Australia Solar Power Sector Opportunity Analysis” discusses following key issues related to solar power development in Australia:
  • Australia Power Sector Overview
  • Solar Radiation & Potential
  • Grid Connected & Off Grid Solar Capacity
  • Domestic & Commercial Solar Capacity
  • Feed in Tariff Structure by State
  • Photovoltaic Module Manufacturing
  • Development of Solar Cities
  • Regulatory & Policy Initiatives
  • Competitive Landscape

1.1 Solar Power Installed Capacity
1.2 Solar Radiation & Potential
1.3 Feed-In Tariff Structure
1.4 Operating Projects


2.1 Domestic Market
2.2 Solar PV System Costs
2.3 PV Industry Sales
2.4 Exports


3.1 Adelaide
3.2 Alice Springs
3.3 Blacktown
3.4 Central Victoria
3.5 Moreland
3.6 Perth
3.7 Townsville


4.1 Largest Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar Power Plant
4.2 Solar Dominating New Power Plants Proposal
4.3 Focus Shifting to Commercial Solar Power Generation
4.4 Australia - U.S Solar Power Collaboration
4.5 Australia - Germany Solar Power Collaboration
4.6 Million Residential PV Systems
4.7 Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Gains Momentum


5.1 Solar Credits
5.2 Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target
5.3 Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme
5.4 National Solar Schools Program
5.5 Renewable Remote Power Generation Program


6.1 Sector Trend
6.2 Challenges to be Resolved


7.1 Australian Solar Institute
7.2 Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre
7.3 Clean Energy Regulator


8.1 Kyocera
8.2 Suntech Power
8.3 Solar Shop Australia
8.4 SunPower
8.5 First Solar


Figure 1-1: Share of Solar Power in Electricity Production, 2011-12
Figure 1-2: Solar Power Installed Capacity (MW), 2006-2012
Figure 1-3: Annual Solar Power Capacity Addition (MW), 2006-2012
Figure 1-4: Solar Power Generation (GWh), 2006-07 till 2011-2012
Figure 1-5: Off-Grid Domestic Solar PV Installed Capacity (MW), 2006-2012
Figure 1-6: Off-Grid Non-Domestic Solar PV Installed Capacity (MW), 2006-2012
Figure 1-7: Grid Connected Distributed Solar PV Installed Capacity (MW), 2006-2012
Figure 1-8: Grid Connected Centralized Solar PV Systems Installed Capacity (MW), 2006-2012
Figure 1-9: Distribution of Solar PV Installed Capacity Added in Sub Markets, 2012
Figure 1-10: Solar Radiation Map
Figure 1-11: Locations Receiving Highest Average Solar Radiation, kWh/m2/day
Figure 2-1: Solar Modules Manufactured (MW), 2012
Figure 2-2: Solar Modules Manufacturing Capacity, MW
Figure 2-3: System Price (AUD/Watt) For Off Grid Applications Upto 5 kW, 2006-2012
Figure 2-4: System Price (AUD/Watt) For On Grid Applications Upto 5 kW, 2006-2012
Figure 2-5: Business Value of PV Industry (AUD/MW), 2012
Figure 2-6: Business Value of PV Industry (AUD Million), 2012
Figure 2-7: Contribution to Business Value of PV Industry, 2012
Figure 5-1: Multipliers with Solar Credits, 2009-2013
Figure 5-2: Annual Caps for Solar Credits, 2010-11 till 2014-15
Figure 5-3: Renewable Energy Targets (GWh), 2012- 2030
Figure 6-1: Share of Solar Energy in Power Generation, 2050
Figure 6-2: Solar Power Generation (TWh), 2019-20 & 2034-35
Figure 6-3: Solar Power Installed Capacity (MW), 2013-2018
Figure 6-4: Solar Module Prices (AUD/Watt), 2006-2012
Figure 6-5: Best Prices of Solar Modules (AUD/Watt), 2006-2012


Table 1-1: Feed in Tariff Structure during 2012
Table 1-2: South Australia Retailer Contribution Rules
Table 2-1: Turnkey Prices of PV Systems, AUD/Watt
Table 7-1: Projects Funded by ASI, Round 1, 2 &
Table 7-2: ASI Funding of Projects Under U.S & German Collaboration
Table 7-3: Technologies Demonstrated at DKASC

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