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Australia Solar Power Sector Analysis

As Australia is moving towards increased solar power generation, the installed capacity of

solar modules has shown considerable growth in the recent years. The use of solar energy for

power generation had started way back in 1992 in the country with a few pilot projects and

an installed capacity of 7.3 MW. With Australias power generation dominated by fossil fuels
and a lack of clear solar energy policies and growth framework, the installed capacity could
not grow more than 2 to 5 MW per year till 2001. Also, this period saw a growth in hydro and
wind power production systems indicating the governments focus on the other known and

technologically available sources of clean energy. Post 2001, the installed capacity addition
was in the range of 5 to 12 MW till 2007 on a per year basis. It was only in 2007 when solar

power production gained weight and the installed capacity started growing by a larger

Solar power installed capacity has grown at a compound annual rate of more than 80% from
2006 to 2011. The overall growth rate for the 20 year period from 1992 to 2011 is close to 32%

compounded annually. This indicates towards the greater boost given in the last five to six

years to the solar energy development during which it grew at more than twice the rate of
the total growth.

The last couple of years (2010 & 2011) have truly been the solar years for Australia with solar

announcing its arrival in a grand manner. More than 1000 MW was added in these two years
which has given solar power development the required momentum. This was achieved through

a change in policies and a greater shift of focus of the government from other renewable
sources to solar energy. The addition of such high installed capacity in the country catapulted

its status to the 10th position among the solar countries in the world bringing the newly
adopted technology to the fore front.

Solar PV technology is bound to play a larger role in the electricity production sector of
Australia which will certainly be augmented by the increasing investments and positively

shaping policies. The government is keen on exploiting all its energy sources and solar being

one of the most abundant has taken priority over others. The technology is entering its
advanced stage and Australia looks set to embrace the solar energy giving it a bigger share in
power generation in the coming years.

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Key Issues Discussed in Report

Australia Power Sector Overview

Feed in Tariff Structure Across All States

Photovoltaic Module Manufacturing

Operating & upcoming Solar Projects

Development of Solar Cities

Regulatory & Policy Initiatives

Competitive Landscape

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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
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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. Solar Power Sector Development
6.1 Focus Shifting to Commercial Solar Power Generation
6.2 Australia - U.S Solar Power Collaboration
6.3 Australia - Germany Solar Power Collaboration
6.4 Million Residential PV Systems
6.5 Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Gains Momentum
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
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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
11.1 Kyocera
11.2 Suntech Power
11.3 Solar Shop Australia
11.4 SunPower
11.5 First Solar

List of Figures
Figure 1-1: Share of Solar Power in Electricity Production, 2010-11
Figure 1-2: Solar Power Installed Capacity (MW), 2006-2011
Figure 1-3: Solar Power Generation (GWh), 2006-07 till 2010-11
Figure 1-4: Off-Grid Domestic Solar PV Installed Capacity (MW), 2006-2011
Figure 1-5: Off-Grid Non-Domestic Solar PV Installed Capacity (MW), 2006-2011
Figure 1-6: Grid Connected Distributed Solar PV Installed Capacity (MW), 2006-2011
Figure 1-7: Grid Connected Centralized Solar PV Systems Installed Capacity (MW), 2006-2011
Figure 1-8: Distribution of Solar PV Installed Capacity Added in Sub Markets, 2011
Figure 1-9: Solar Radiation Map
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Figure 1-10: Locations Receiving Highest Average Solar Radiation, kWh/m2/day
Figure 1-11: System Price For Off Grid Applications Upto 5 kW, AUD/Watt
Figure 1-12; System Price For On Grid Applications Upto 5 kW, AUD/Watt
Figure 1-13: Business Value of PV Industry (Watt), 2011
Figure 1-14: Price of PV by Category (AUD/Watt), 2011
Figure 1-15: Value of PV industry by Category (AUD Million), 2011
Figure 1-16: Contribution to Business Value of PV Industry, 2011
Figure 3-1: Solar Modules Manufactured (MW), 2011
Figure 3-2: Solar Modules Manufacturing Capacity, MW
Figure 7-1: Multipliers with Solar Credits, 2009-2013
Figure 7-2: Annual Caps for Solar Credits, 2010-11 till 2014-15
Figure 7-3: Number of Applications for Rebate on Solar PV under SHCP, 2001-2009
Figure 7-4: Per Unit Rebate Under SCHP Program (AUD/Watt), 2000-2009
Figure 7-5: Renewable Energy Targets (GWh), 2012- 2030
Figure 8-1: Share of Solar Energy in Power Generation, 2050
Figure 8-2: Solar Power Generation (TWh), 2019-20 & 2034-35
Figure 8-3: Solar Power Installed Capacity (MW), 2012-2016
Figure 8-4: Solar Module Prices (AUD/Watt), 2006-2011
Figure 8-5: Best Prices of Solar Modules (AUD/Watt), 2006-2011
Figure 10-1: Budgets Allocated for Solar Technical Research & Development (AUD Million),

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List of Tables
Table 1-1: Turnkey Prices of PV Systems, AUD/Watt
Table 2-1: Feed in Tariff Structure
Table 2-2: South Australia Retailer Contribution Rules
Table 9-1: Projects Funded by ASI, Round 1, 2 & 3
Table 9-2: ASI Funding of Projects Under U.S & German Collaboration
Table 9-3: Technologies Demonstrated at DKASC

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