Live Solar Potential Tool

Live Solar Potential Tool

The APVI Solar Potential Tool is an online tool for estimating the potential for electricity generation from PV on building roofs in Australian cities. The tool accounts for solar radiation and weather at the site; PV system area, tilt, orientation; and shading from nearby buildings and vegetation.

More information about the data and methodology used can be found here.

The Solar Potential Tool has been developed by the Australian PV Institute (APVI) as part of the APVI’s Solar Mapping research project, and funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

More information on this and other APVI research projects can be found here.

About the calculations

The APVI Solar Potential Tool uses 3D building and vegetation models from AAM and Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) weather data from the US Department of Energy Simulation Software Weather Data webpage to calculate average annual and monthly incident solar radiation on a building surface and the expected performance of a typical PV system of the size specified by the user, with PV panel orientation and tilt defaulting to that of the roof surface, or defined by the user.

Detailed information about the data and methodology used in the Solar Potential Tool can be found here.

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