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Good news for PV system owners in Victoria

Postby Gordon-Loomberah » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:05 pm

The Vic Government is introducing regulations to prevent new developments from overshadowing PV arrays, which should protect people from losing their ability to generate clean energy. This comes in addition to other new pro-solar government moves in Victoria. Now the other states need to follow!

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Re: Good news for PV system owners in Victoria

Postby davidg » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:55 pm

Good to see, pity it was not done years ago. Would have saved a lot of angst for lots of owners where it has been ignored.
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Re: Good news for PV system owners in Victoria

Postby lantern » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:30 am

One of our installers predicted this 10 years ago. So well done Vic.
As far as other states following, I put $100 on NSW being the last one do do it. They would need to be dragged kicking and screaming to the voting booth.
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Re: Good news for PV system owners in Victoria

Postby australsolarier » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:39 am

OK, you guys, sounds good, but:
i doubt very much they will stop two storey units being built because you have a solar garden light that will get shaded in the afternoon.
the text says: will need to be considered. probably "reasonable"
the devil here will be in the details. how many % can be shaded? what about if you are off grid? can they build the two storey and move the panels on the two storey roof? can they give you financial compensation? like to install more and differentially oriented panels?
all the units built here you do not have solar panels on the roof. can you make install them a 10kwp system on the roof for compensation?
don't missunderstand me. i think it is a good idea. but the practicalities are going to be extremely difficult.

and only if labour gets reelected in victoria, i doubt the liberals would even be able to think about it.
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Re: Good news for PV system owners in Victoria

Postby davidg » Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:55 am

Garden light please thats pushing it way too far.

It should based around actual existing arrays, this has occurred elsewhere in the world. It has stopped construction that created shade dead in it's tracks. It should be be similar here with any luck at all otherwise it will all but useless.

Solar access for existing systems. If you are running SPS then the issue is particularly important. How would you like it if someone decided to build something that removed any of the available solar access and made it that you had to run a generator for instance 3 times a week where you only had to run it 10 times a years for instance. I don't know about you but that would be unacceptable to us under any circumstances.

Compensation, unlikely as once there is shade you can't undo it. The amount would of compensation would be huge in most cases or the cost to allow for relocation and possibly an increase as well might again stop most construction dead in it's tracks. That may not be a bad thing afterall, or it may require rethink, the developer for instance may have to do down rather than up to produce the same area result.
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Re: Good news for PV system owners in Victoria

Postby australsolarier » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:09 am

davidg, please, the solar garden light was obviously meant to be sarcastic.

davidg, i am on your side, i agree with you. it should be like what you said, i agree! we are both on the same side. what i am saying is, the devil is in the detail. that is not so difficult to understand.
stand alone systems usually are in rural areas, so i doubt there is much a problem there.
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Re: Good news for PV system owners in Victoria

Postby davidg » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:19 pm

australsolarier wrote:stand alone systems usually are in rural areas, so i doubt there is much a problem there.

Mine isn't , nor are several others I done around Melbourne.
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Re: Good news for PV system owners in Victoria

Postby australsolarier » Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:52 am

davidg,
mine isn't either. and yes, i would be impacted with solar production if developers build two storey houses on either side of my house. unfortunately lots of this is going on here. the developers buying an old house for 600'000$ + then selling 3 units 600'000$+ .
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