Sydney Needs More Rooftop Solar

The study takes account hours of sunshine and other variables like the orientation of the prospective solar panels and the overshadowing degree from buildings and vegetation.

According to a new study by the University of New South Wales, Australia’s rooftops are well suited for solar panels but many are not taking advantage of the benefits as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Here are the key takeaways from the study:

  • 40% of Sydney’s rooftop are suited for solar power installations and can produce an output of a medium-sized coal-powered station.
  • Currently only 1% of the Sydney’s roof space have solar panels installed.
  • The UNSW study was prepared for the Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI).
  • The study is thorough, taking into account variables such as: hours of sunshine, orientation of solar panels, overshadowing from buildings and vegetation.
  • Flat factory and warehouse roofing in Sydney suburbs are the top prospects for the 40% solar potential identified in the study.

Australia leads the world in rooftop solar, but there is still lots of potential for adding more solar, and it’s now the cheapest form of electricity generation.

Renate Egan, APVI Chairman.

Click here to read the full story on The Sydney Morning Herald 

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Written by Jon Capistrano

Jon specialises in research and content creation for our outreach campaigns. He’s worked as a technical support representative for Dell, America Online, Xbox and Dodo Australia. He’s an avid scooterist and musician.

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