Commercial solar up, residential PV steady in Queensland

By Tristan Edis

Energex – the southeast Queensland power network operator with the highest installed solar capacity in Australia – reports that the number of connection agreements (a leading indicator for installations) for sub-5 kilowatt solar systems is at its lowest level for 3½ years.

Energex have also noticed an upswing in large (5 kilowatt-plus) solar PV systems, with 107 large systems worth 1. 47 megawatts of capacity connected to medium and large-sized business and commercial customers in August compared to 11. 5 MW for predominantly residential sub-5kW systems.

If they wish, installers can still elect to connect solar systems capable for exporting power, but as has always been the case according to Swanston, such connections will require a study to evaluate its impact on network power quality and safety.

This streamlined grid connection process for zero power export systems has raised concern amongst some sections of the solar industry as an unfair restriction.

Read more here: Business Spectator


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