Australia Solar Power Sector Outlook

Release Date: 12-Oct-2012

Australia is one of the world’s largest exporters of fossil fuels and has now determined itself to encourage the use of renewable energy domestically. Australia has immense potential of renewable sources of energy and receives one of the highest solar radiations in the world, making solar energy an important source of power. Solar power has been present in Australia since 1992 but it is only now that the development has gained momentum and has started growing. 2009 marks as the pivotal year for Australia’s solar energy when the installed capacity grew exponentially. Upcoming research report “Australia Solar Power Sector Analysis” by KuicK Research gives the intricate details of the factors that have led to a close to 150% growth in the solar installed capacity from 2010 to 2011.

The solar industry in Australia has grown over the past two years majorly because of the government schemes and programs that have attracted the masses to employ the cleaner and readily available solar energy for power generation. The feed in tariff structure, although not the highest in the world but still modest, played a big role in persuading people in installing solar power plants. Based on the feed in tariff structures of solar pioneers like Germany, Australian feed in tariffs are governed by individual state governments. The respective state governments are now moving from the feed in tariffs to a market determined price of solar power, the reasons of which are detailed in the research report.

The report suggests that the Australian solar industry is more inclined towards residential PV systems but that trend is changing and the government and associating companies are focusing investment and energy towards building large scale commercial solar plants. There are many large scale projects already being constructed or planned with a total capacity of 248 MW.

The “Australia Solar Power Sector Analysis” research report is a detailed document that traces the Australian solar power industry from the past, discusses its present and gives rational forecasts of the future of the industry. Australia Solar Power Market gives the reasons behind the government’s various programs and its decision to close some of them while introducing new more effective schemes. It is a comprehensive text that has the capability to answer many questions regarding the fossil fuel giant’s foray into the solar market. The report suggests that despite the current issues concerning the fledgling sector, the future of solar could indeed be bright in the land down under.


Table of Contents


1. Australia Solar Power Sector Outlook

  1.1 Installed Generation Capacity

  1.2 Solar Radiation & Potential

  1.3 Solar PV System Costs

  1.4 PV Business Valuations


2. Feed-In Tariff Structure


3. Photovoltaic Module Manufacturing

  3.1 Domestic Market

  3.2 Exports


4. Solar Projects

  4.1 Operating Projects

  4.2 Upcoming Projects


5. Development of Solar Cities

  5.1 Adelaide

  5.2 Alice Springs

  5.3 Blacktown

  5.4 Central Victoria

  5.5 Moreland

  5.6 Perth

  5.7 Townsville


6. Market Development


7. Regulatory & Policy Initiatives Driving Solar Power Generation

  7.1 Solar Credits

  7.2 Solar Panel Installation Rebates Offered Till 2009

  7.3 Large-Scale Renewable Energy Target

  7.4 Small-Scale Renewable Energy Scheme

  7.5 National Solar Schools Program

  7.6 Renewable Remote Power Generation Program


8. Future Outlook for Solar Power

  8.1 Sector Trend

  8.2 Challenges to be Resolved


9. Supportive Organizations

  9.1 Australian Solar Institute

  9.2 Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre

  9.3 Clean Energy Regulator


10. PEST Analysis


11. Competitive Landscape


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