The Australian PV Institute (APVI) and the College of New South Wales (UNSW) have launched a free model of SunSPOT, a device for tailor-made steering on the perfect photo voltaic and battery setup.
From pv journal Australia
APVI and UNSW are launching a free, upgraded model of their SunSpot Model 3 device for the primary time, due to an AUD 946,399 ($635,360) funding by the Australian federal authorities.
“SunSPOT V3 was constructed by engineers at UNSW’s main College of Photovoltaic and Renewable Power Engineering particularly to assist folks perceive what photo voltaic can do for them – to not promote them on photo voltaic,” mentioned Anna. Bruce, SunSPOT challenge chief and UNSW affiliate professor.
Australian households and small companies can use SunSPOT to find out which sizes of photo voltaic system will give them the perfect return on their investments. The device gives price estimates, in addition to calculations for annual financial savings with totally different battery sizes.
“That is the one unbiased device tailor-made to your circumstances out there to the Australian public. All different photo voltaic calculators purpose to seize private info and generate gross sales leads,” Bruce mentioned. “Now, with nationwide supply and enhancements in its usability and accuracy, SunSPOT will assist extra Australians confidently navigate the complicated photo voltaic market.”
Earlier variations of APVI’s flagship device have been solely out there in areas the place spatial mapping LiDAR knowledge was out there and the native council had taken out a subscription. There are at present two variations of SunSPOT out there: the premium, council subscription model -which maps the world with LiDAR knowledge – and the usual model, which is free for all Australians.
Customers of each variations also can add their good meter knowledge and electrical energy tariffs for extra correct estimates, if desired.
“Owners now not have to depend on salespeople to coach them. With this newest model of SunSPOT, everybody can get dependable tailor-made solutions to frequent questions on photo voltaic and batteries,” mentioned Mike Roberts, SunSPOT challenge chief. “APVI discovered that Australia has the potential to put in 179 GW of rooftop photo voltaic capability – however up to now we have put in lower than 10% of that.”
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