AEMO forecasts future of rooftop solar on the electricity market

The National Electricity Market (NEM) has experienced a rapid uptake of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) over the last four years with PV estimated to have produced 1,200 GWh, or 0.6% of annual energy in 2011.

Although the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) notes there has been no significant operational impact on the wholesale market to date, these increasing levels of PV have the potential to impact investments in the network and/or large scale generation and contribute to the Merit Order Effect. AEMO is now including rooftop PV into their demand forecasts.

Andrew Reddaway, of AEMO, is author of the Rooftop PV Information Paper 2012 which supports the main National Electricity Forecasting Report. (This report also has other supporting information papers focusing on issues such as maximum demands for summer and winter, electricity prices and economic outlook.)

Andrew will present this NEM-wide summary of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) growth to date, and its possible growth over the next 20 years.

Slides from Andrew’s presentation are available here pdf or ppt. [broken link]

The Rooftop PV Information Paper 2012 can be downloaded from:

Further reading:

Rooftop solar PV to be energy game-changer in Australia

Related media from BZE:

‘Scrambling Solar Signals’ or ‘AGL’s War on Solar’ – Matthew Wright explains the barriers to increasing solar PV on the grid – it’s not what you may think…

For interstate participants, live streaming of this event will be available here. You can ask questions and make comments during the webcast via the chatbox. The event starts at 6:30pm AEST (Eastern Standard Time). Note that this event will not be recorded (on request of speaker) so please tune in live, if you don’t want to miss it.

Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 6 August 2012

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton


Thank you to the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Energy Institute and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners, for joining us in bringing you this event.

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