The Impact of Electricity Price Policy on the Economic Performance of Distributed Building Photovoltaic Systems across China

Zhao, H, Yang, R, Moore, T and Liu, C 2018, 'The Impact of Electricity Price Policy on the Economic Performance of Distributed Building Photovoltaic Systems across China', in Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2018, Sydney, 4-6 December 2018, pp. 1-9.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title The Impact of Electricity Price Policy on the Economic Performance of Distributed Building Photovoltaic Systems across China
Author(s) Zhao, H
Yang, R
Moore, T
Liu, C
Year 2018
Conference name Asia-Pacific solar researchers conference
Conference location Sydney
Conference dates 4-6 December 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference 2018
Publisher Australian PV institute
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Abstract Distributed building PV systems are very promising renewable energy resources for urban areas. The Chinese government puts great efforts into developing and deploying building PV systems including building-attached photovoltaic systems (BAPV) and building-integrated photovoltaic system (BIPV). The national feed-in tariff policy provides a subsidy to improve the selfconsumption of distributed building PV systems, which is greatly attractive to investors. For distributed building PV with high self-consumption ratio, the economic performance also closely ties to the electricity price policy. However, limited research has investigated the impacts of electricity price change on the economic performance of building PV applications across China. Hence, this study aims to bridge the gap by conducting a lifecycle cost-benefit analysis of various kinds of distributed building PV systems (both BAPV and BIPV) across China by considering the electricity price change. There are 12 cities selected to represent the majority of urban areas in China with diverse geographic conditions and electricity policy conditions. Five different building PV systems covering the most popular types of building PV systems in China are investigated. Net Present Value (NPV) per kW is employed to assess the economic performance. Through an established MATLAB program, the relationship between the changes of electricity price and the economic performance of each case in all selected cities are investigated and discussed. This study provides great insight for investors and policymakers regarding the investment choice and policy incentives of building PV applications when confronting high uncertainty of electricity price.
Subjects Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
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