Prestigious award for Australian solar mapping tools

The Australian PV Institute (APVI) has been awarded the national Energy Globe Australia Award for its suite of live generated solar photovoltaic (PV) maps and tools.

The win acknowledges the institute’s ongoing efforts to improve mapping resources, an integral part of tracking and understanding the local solar PV market.

The APVI’s online maps and tools – which bring together live generation data, historical maps and animations, and analysis – provide easy access to real-time data about the performance, impact and contribution of solar PV systems by state and territory as well as nationally.

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) CEO Ivor Frischknecht congratulated the APVI on the project, which was developed in collaboration with the University of New South Wales and SMA Australia among others.

“Since being launched in 2014, the APVI’s online maps and tools have attracted significant interest from electricity operators, industry, government and consumers, with nearly 25,000 unique visits to the website,” he said.

“Last week the APVI released an upgraded live map, which now monitors twice as many solar PV systems across the country,” Mr Frischknecht said in April.

“The live solar map draws on data from more than 5500 solar PV systems. Users can track real-time energy output and see the percentage of energy demand met by rooftop solar in each state and territory. Energy stakeholders are now able to access more data and more detailed and accurate output estimates from solar PV systems installed across Australia.”

In addition to the live solar map, there are several other tools, for example, 3D modelling showing the benefits of installing rooftop solar and an interactive guide to the location, capacity and annual performance of solar PV installations.

ARENA has provided $430,000 funding support towards the project.