Solar PV is no panacea for lifting Australia’s most vulnerable out of energy poverty

Crawford School of Public Policy

Event details

PhD Seminar (Econ)

Date & time

Friday 19 February 2021




Mara Hammerle


Ryan Edwards

In recent years, Australian governments have developed policies to expand access to solar PV to vulnerable households. The study conducts a retrospective analysis of the impacts of solar PV for these households. It finds that vulnerable households with solar PV have lower energy expenditures, and lower likelihood of experiencing energy poverty based on objective indicators. Conversely, solar PV does not impact a household’s self-reported difficulty to heat their home or pay utility bills on-time due to financial constraints. The research provides important insights to improve the understanding of the likely impacts of future policies for solar PV.

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