[extract] Use of grid-connected photovoltaics (GCPV), which involve the installation
of photovoltaic panels (PV) on a roof or external wall and generating
electricity for use and/or export to the grid, has been in its infancy in Australia.
GCPV is arenewable source of power without environmental cost in
producing electricity once installed or the need for land to be used and has
minimal transmission or distribution cost [1 ], while having up front panel,
inve1ter and instillation costs. Much of Australia has an ideal climate for generating solar energy with these technologies, as well as wind energy,
and policy support by Governments in Australia for use of renewable energy
has emerged over the last 5 to 10 years in large part in response to
international targets for greenhouse gas emissions. Production of electricity
in Australia has historically been predominantly from burning coal,
and Australia retains a very high per capita emission of greenhouse gases.
Government policy to increase use of renewable solar energy generation
has been enacted with economic instmments such as rebates and gross
feed in tariffs by Federal and State levels of government (electricity grids
between states are not fully interconnected nationally). However, there has
been meagre research on public familiarity and attitudes towards GCPV
and the associated subsidies and feed in tariffs.