Resident's Issues and Interactions with Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Energy System in High-Performing Low-Energy Dwellings: A User's Perspective

Whaley, D, Berry, S, Moore, T, Sheriff, G and OLeary, T 2018, 'Resident's Issues and Interactions with Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Energy System in High-Performing Low-Energy Dwellings: A User's Perspective', in Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB-18), Gold Coast, Australia, 24-26 June 2018, pp. 413-424.


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Title Resident's Issues and Interactions with Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Energy System in High-Performing Low-Energy Dwellings: A User's Perspective
Author(s) Whaley, D
Berry, S
Moore, T
Sheriff, G
OLeary, T
Year 2018
Conference name SEB-18: Sustainability in Energy and Buildings
Conference location Gold Coast, Australia
Conference dates 24-26 June 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB-18)
Publisher Springer
Place of publication United Kingdom
Start page 413
End page 424
Total pages 12
Abstract Solar PV systems have become common-place in many cities and regions, and is a core technology in purpose-built low-energy homes, but evidence is emerging that in many cases electricity output may be significantly lower than expected. Information from in-home energy monitoring systems, interviews and informal discussions with residents has shed some light on the experiences and issues faced by the end-user, particularly those associated with operating a solar PV system to achieve a low-carbon lifestyle. Case studies of residents in different ownership and income situations, and from three distinct housing developments in Australia and England are used to highlight end-user experiences. The study finds that the residents face a range of issues including the initial sizing and commissioning, a lack of solar knowledge and expected generation performance, as well as regulatory barriers that limit the opportunity to upgrade system size.
Subjects Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) solar energy
user experience
low-energy housing
comparison
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-3-030-04293-6_40
Copyright notice © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019.
ISBN 9783030042929
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