New markets for solar photovoltaic power systems
Thomas, C., Jennings, P. and Singh, D. (2007) New markets for solar photovoltaic power systems. In: Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development in the Asia Pacific Region Conference, 4-8 February 2007, Fremantle, Western Australia.
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Over the past five years solar photovoltaic (PV) power supply systems have matured and are now being deployed on a much larger scale. The traditional small-scale remote area power supply systems are still important and village electrification is also a large and growing market but large scale, grid-connected systems and building integrated systems are now being deployed in many countries. This growth has been aided by imaginative government policies in several countries and the overall result is a growth rate of over 40% per annum in the sales of PV systems. Optimistic forecasts are being made about the future of PV power as a major source of sustainable energy. Plans are now being formulated by the IEA for very large-scale PV installations of more than 100 MW peak output. The Australian Government has announced a subsidy for a large solar photovoltaic power station of 154 MW in Victoria, based on the concentrator technology developed in Australia. In Western Australia a proposal has been submitted to the State Government for a 2 MW photovoltaic power system to provide fringe of grid support at Perenjori. This paper outlines the technologies, designs, management and policies that underpin these exciting developments in solar PV power.
|Publication Type:||Conference Paper|
|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Engineering and Energy|
|Publisher:||American Institute of Physics|
|Copyright:||© 2007 American Institute of Physics|
|Notes:||Appears in AIP Conference Proceedings Volume 941, 2007, pp 142-153|
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