New tool sheds light on solar potential of buildings

A new online tool developed at UNSW will allow property owners to assess the solar power potential of their rooftops.

UNSW Associate Professor and Chair of the Australian Photovoltaics Institute, Renate Egan, Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher and UNSW’s Dean of Engineering Professor, Mark Hoffman. Photo: Robert Largent
UNSW Associate Professor and Chair of the Australian Photovoltaics Institute, Renate Egan, Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher and UNSW’s Dean of Engineering Professor, Mark Hoffman. Photo: Robert Largent

Another online platform that will advise choices about how mortgage holders and urban organizers can benefit as much as possible from chances to utilize sun-powered power has been propelled at UNSW.

The SunSPoT online tool can be utilized to figure the sun based power capability of any housetop, to help occupants, chambers, and organizations settle on better choices about interest in sunlight based power.

It has been produced by the Australian Photovoltaics Institute (APVI) and UNSW with innovation accomplices Solar Analytics and Enosi Pty Ltd, as a major aspect of the Energy Data for Smart Decision Making venture, financed by the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program.

The apparatus was propelled by Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher, who stated: “The Energy Data for Smart Decision Making task will join mapping with information on sun based introduction, vitality age and utilization from regions crosswise over Australia into an open displaying stage.

“Being created under the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, the stage will profit end clients by enabling them to ascertain their sunlight based power potential and settle on educated choices on interest in sun based power age.”

“This venture is a case of how the program supports cooperation between nearby governments, look into associations and the private part to convey an answer that can be connected locally and shared around the nation.”

UNSW Associate Professor and Chair of the Australian Photovoltaics Institute, Renate Egan, described how the tool will allow residents to assess the solar potential of their own home or business.

She explained, “SunSPoT uses geographical information systems data to estimate the technical potential of rooftop solar, accounting for the tilt of roof surfaces and shading at the site. As solar PV continues to be deployed at record rates on Australian rooftops, such analysis can help councils and the electricity industry plan for the solar future.”

“It can already be used online to assess solar potential on specific rooftops in early adopter local government areas that are already project partners, including Ku-ring-gai, Willoughby, Randwick, Northern Beaches and Lane Cove. More cities and towns will be added as the program expands.”

“It can also be used to assess the potential across geographical areas. Analyses of Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney have already discovered the enormous untapped potential for solar power installations across a range of buildings.”