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RP2016: Assessing the Impact of Solar PV, Electricity Prices and Dwelling Energy Efficiency on Domestic Electricity Consumption in Sydney

Project leader name: 
Professor Peter Newton, Swinburne
Project status: 
Current
Project period: 
10/2014 to 12/2015

This project will examine changes in electricity use by Sydney households since 2008 which have installed solar PV technology compared to those who have not (controlling for socio-economic context and key government and utility policy settings; eg. pricing and feed-in tariffs and dwelling energy efficiency) in order to identify whether conservation or rebound (Jevons) effects are associated with solar PV take-up. 

Findings from this research can help determine whether a conservation or a rebound effect needs to be factored into projected energy/carbon savings from a range of renewable energy generation/carbon mitigation interventions; as well as forecasts of future electricity demand. There are policy implications at federal (eg. RET, NEM) and state government/energy utility levels (eg. feed-in tariffs, pricing).

Publications related to this project

CRCLCL Project Reports

This study examines patterns of electricity use by Sydney households who have installed solar PV technology compared to those who have not in order to identify whether conservation or rebound effects are associated with domestic photovoltaics.

Peer Reviewed Research Publications

This study examines patterns of electricity use by households in Sydney who have installed solar photovoltaic (PV) technology compared to those who have not in order to assess the impact of government solar incentive schemes, and to identify whether conservation or rebound (increased consumption...

CRCLCL Project Posters

Research Snapshot A3 size poster from Participants Annual Forum 2014