Dr Muriel Watt - Australian PV Institute

Today Matt Grantham and Anthony Daniele discuss the latest developments and reducing prices of Solar PV technology in Australia with Dr Muriel Watt, Chair of the Australian PV Institute (APVI).

The Institute comprises companies, agencies, individuals and academics with an interest in solar energy research, technology, manufacturing, systems, policies, programs and projects.

The APVI's work is intended to be apolitical and of use not only to its members but also to the general community. The focus is on data analysis, independent and balanced information, and collaborative research, both nationally and internationally.

In today's interview, Dr Watt talks about how the cost of a 5kW system has dropped from $60,000 in 2008 to the price today of $8,500 and will continue to reduce over time.

Muriel Watt is Chair of the Australian PV Institute, Head, Energy Policy & Photovoltaics for renewable energy consulting company IT Power Australia, and a part-time Senior Lecturer in the School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of NSW (UNSW). She holds the positions of Australian representative on the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Photovoltaics Power Systems Programme and member of the Australian Enterprise Connect Clean Technology Advisory Committee.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Science from the University of New England, Muriel completed her PhD at Murdoch University and has worked in government energy agencies, private companies and universities on energy related matters since 1980. She has maintained a strong focus on renewable energy research, development, technologies, deployment and policies.