Chapter 19

Solar Grid Parity and its Impact on the Grid

Jeremy Webb*
Clevo Wilson*
Theodore Steinberg*
Wes Stein***    Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia**    CSIRO, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Abstract

Market forces, rather than subsidies, will drive a much more diverse mix of PV-based prosumers. Further cost reductions for PV and its urban locational flexibility means its spread to commercial and industrial usages is likely to be particularly rapid, as it will be for urban fringe and remote rural regions where grid connection is uneconomic. For many prosumers in the commercial sector reliance on the grid will be limited, as daylight PV power generation matches power demand. However as renewables reach a critical proportion ...

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