The International Energy Agency (IEA) is collaborating with the Australian PV Institute on a special workshop that aims to provide better understanding of the latest solar energy urban planning considerations in the world. Supported by the Low Carbon Living CRC, the event ‘Solar Energy in Urban Planning Workshop’ will be held in Sydney on 24 March.

The seminar will feature important stakeholders from the renewable energy industry and government as speakers. The workshop targets urban planners, government policy and program officers, large construction companies, developers, office building owners and facility managers, commercial office architects and related stakeholders.

Participants will gain an understanding of the latest international solar energy urban planning considerations in the context of achieving low carbon living. Some of the topics to be covered in the presentations include the latest initiatives by the NSW Government, research on solar energy related to achieving low carbon living, and challenges and opportunities for solar systems in Australian cities among others.

The event will offer significant opportunities for networking to all participants.


08:30 - Registrations and coffee

09:00 - Welcome introduction and NSW government initiatives presented by Amy Kean, NSW Renewable Energy Advocate, Dept. of Industry (TBC)

09:10 - Solar energy related research activities to deliver low carbon living presented by Professor Deo Prasad, CEO, CRC for Low Carbon Living

09:25 - International Energy Agency (IEA) Task 51 program activities overview presented by Associate Professor Maria Wall, Energy and Building Design, Lund University, Sweden

09:40 - Solar access challenges and opportunities for active solar systems in Australian cities presented by Dr Mark Snow, Australian PV Institute (APVI) and UNSW

10:00 - Reconciling Solar Energy and Heritage Preservation: The QSV (Quality-Site-Visibility) approach presented by Dr Maria Cristina Munari Probst, EPFL LESO-PB, Lausanne, Switzerland

10:30 - Stakeholder engagement activity 1 “What are your concerns for solar energy in urban planning?”

11:00 Morning tea

11:15 - International experiences for Solar Energy in Urban Planning processes presented by Johan Dahlberg and Marja Lundgren, White Architects AB, Stockholm, Sweden

11:35 - An interoperable geospatial urban planning approach for solar cities supported by the EU presented by Ulrich Leopold, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) Luxembourg

11:55 - Open 3D city modelling as a participative platform to accelerate smart energy transition presented by Romain Nouvel, Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, Germany

12:15 - Stakeholder engagement activity 2 “Stakeholder needs and next steps”

12:45 - Lunch and networking

Event details

The Solar Energy in Urban Planning Workshop will be held at the UNSW CBD Campus 1 O’Connell Street Sydney CBD on Friday 24th March 2017 Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm.

Registration: Places are limited and will close on 20th March. Register here.