Influence of demographic variables on uptake of domestic solar photovoltaic technology

Sommerfeld, Jeff, Buys, Laurie, Mengersen, Kerrie, & Vine, Desley (2017) Influence of demographic variables on uptake of domestic solar photovoltaic technology. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 67, pp. 315-323.

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In Australia during the past decade there has been a significant transformation of the electricity demand and supply sector. In five years from 2008 to 2013 the number of Australians installing solar photovoltaic (PV) technology grew from 8000 to more than one million. Governments in Australia used a range of policy incentives such as feed-in tariffs (FiTs) to encourage the uptake of solar PV and this had a range of consequences. Solar PV technology has transformed the residential consumer electricity market providing some consumers with greater choice in demand and supply of their power. This study contributes to the growing understanding of the role that demographic factors play in household uptake of solar PV technology. Based on a review of relevant literature and a multi-phased statistical analysis of more than 2 million people in south-east Queensland over five years, the paper highlights the complex interplay between socio-economics and household uptake. The paper identifies key demographic variables and quantifies their relative influence, and provides new insights into the role of age in solar PV uptake. This more nuanced explanation of the socio-economic variables influencing solar PV uptake offers an opportunity to more effectively and efficiently shape future policies and incentives.

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ID Code: 98960
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Domestic consumers, Consumer change, Solar photovoltaic, Demographic variables, Feed-in-tariff, Classification and regression tree, Boosted regression tree
DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2016.09.009
ISSN: 1364-0321
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
Deposited On: 21 Sep 2016 22:47
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 04:40

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