Search by Topic (6)

Please click on the topic you would like to explore further

Search Results for Topic : Technology

05 Oct
Order 27232: Oregon PUC Approves Community Solar Rules
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Technology    
State : Oregon    
Author : Lisa D. Hardie, Stephen M. Bloom, Megan W. Decker
Adoption Year : 2017
The Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) has approved community solar rules that will help to enable all citizens in the state to directly participate in, and benefit from, local solar projects.
14 Sep
Renewable Energy Interconnection Standards (S-0637A)
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Technology    
State : Rhode Island    
Author : DiPalma, Seveney, Miller, Satchell, and Kettle
Adoption Year : 2017
Streamlines the process of connecting renewable energy installations to the grid.
14 Sep
Statewide Solar Permitting (S-0562)
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Resource Type : Legislation, Tariff, or Rule
Topic : Technology    
State : Rhode Island    
Author : Lynch, Prata, Miller, Gallo
Adoption Year : 2017
Establishes a statewide solar permitting application to streamline the process for homeowners, businesses, property owners and solar developers who are looking to install solar systems in Rhode Island.
23 Feb
Reframing LCOE: New Interactive Tool Expands the Scope of Generation Cost Comparisons
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : @National    Texas    
Author : Herman K. Trabish
Adoption Year : 2017
This blog post discusses the recently developed tool for a more granular analysis of the cost (including externalities) of generating electricity from different sources. This development is the result of the research conducted by the University of Texas (UT) at Austin on the issue.
17 Nov
Is Bigger Best in Renewable Energy
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : @National    
Author : John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Adoption Year : 2016
Conventional wisdom suggests the biggest wind and solar power plants will be cheapest, but where they deliver power, and who will own them, matters more.
18 Oct
SPI 2016: When Will We Have a “Got Milk” for Solar?
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Technology    
State : @Federal    @International    @National    
Author : Rosana Francescato
Adoption Year : 2016
This article discusses and suggests that solar generation should be branded, as such, when people hear about solar, they immediately have a complete idea of what it represents and its inherent benefits.
11 Aug
An Assessment of Renewable Electric Generating Technologies for Florida
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : Florida    
Author : Florida Public Service Commission, Department of Environmental Protection
Adoption Year : 2003
The report discusses current policies and the limitations of such policies to the development of new renewable resources, contains descriptions of specific renewable technologies, provides estimated costs, describes likely environmental attributes of these technologies, and offers summaries of various options and mechanisms that other states have adopted to encourage renewables.
09 Aug
Ballasted Systems and Commercial/Industrial Flat Roofs
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Resource Type : Misc
Topic : Technology    
State : @National    
Author : David Rose
Adoption Year : 2016
The basic reason given by Solar Integrators for using Ballasted Racking Systems is to avoid penetrations that may be necessary for the Solar Electrical installation. This can sometimes be an improper evaluation of the system when it comes to the warranty that roofing manufacturers offer. The myth of ballasted systems is that they will automatically secure the existing warranty when in fact they can void a warranty even when there are fewer penetrations. Each Roofing Manufacturer has specific requirements and information that is to be met in ord
13 Apr
Solar wins: How sunshine will save the planet (really!)
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : @International    
Author : Amelia Urry
Adoption Year : 2014
Article that shows how other countries are taking full advantage of the advances in solar tech, and providing an outlook on what the future of solar for the US could be
13 Apr
Economic Effects of Distributed PV Generation on California's Distribution System
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : VOS Study or Benefit Cost Analysis
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : California    
Author : M.A. Cohen, P.A. Kauzmann, D.S. Callaway
Adoption Year : 2015
The economic value of distributed photovoltaic (PV) electricity is affected both by its correlation with transmission level energy prices and by a host of effects it may have on distribution systems. In this study we combine detailed physical simulation of distribution circuits with budgetary information provided by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to estimate PV's value with respect avoided transmission-level energy expenditures, avoided distribution system capacity upgrades, and increased expenditures to manage voltage magnitudes. We find that f
13 Apr
How Should Distributed Generation be Distributed?
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Net Energy Metering    Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : @National    
Author : Meredith Fowlie
Adoption Year : 2015
Discussing the technical function of solar PV, pricing mechanisms, and how it should be apportioned on the grid (residential v. utility v. third party)
08 Apr
The Future of Solar Energy
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Opposition Item    Technology    
State : @National    
Author : Energy Initiative - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Adoption Year : 2015
This study examines the current state of U.S. solar electricity generation, the several technological approaches that have been and could be followed to convert sunlight to electricity, and the market and policy environments the solar industry has faced. Our objective is to assess solar energy’s current and potential competitive position and to identify changes in U.S. government policies that could more efficiently and effectively support the industry’s robust, long-term growth.
08 Apr
Blacking out America would be a cinch, because there's not enough distributed solar
Friday, April 8, 2016
Resource Type : Blog Post
Topic : Technology    
State : @National    
Author : John Upton
Adoption Year : 2014
Highlights a major cost of having a centralized grid: susceptibility to attack resulting in long-term blackouts
31 Mar
Renewable Energy Integration Case Studies
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Presentation or Speech
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : California    Nevada    
Author : Joshua S. Stein Ph.D.
Adoption Year : 2011
PowerPoint presentation outlining the basic concepts of integration of variable generation, a review of recent and current studies on this, and defining next steps
31 Mar
Power System Planning: Emerging Practices Suitable for Evaluating the Impact of High-Penetration Photovoltaics
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Technology    
State : @National    
Author : J. Bebic at GE Global Research
Adoption Year : 2008
This study explores the impact of high-penetration renewable generation on electric power system planning methodologies to address the technical and analytical challenges to the adoption of renewable distributed electric generation.  In particular, the study focuses on integration-related issues at the distribution level for PV technology since addressing integration issues is necessary for the long-term viability of distributed PV industry.
31 Mar
Implications of Wide-Area Geographic Diversity for Short-Term Variability of Solar Power
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Technology    
State : @National    
Author : Andrew Mills and Ryan Wiser - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Adoption Year : 2010
Study that analyzes wind and solar data to compare vulnerability of sites and variability of generation.
30 Mar
Assessing Minnesota's Solar Resource: Revenue Implications of Solar PV System Orientation and Rate Structure
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Resource Type : Research or Whitepaper
Topic : Valuation, Analysis, BCA    Technology    
State : Minnesota    
Author : Solar Cities Minneapolis Saint Paul
Adoption Year : 2011
This paper examines the revenue implications of various system orientations and rate structures for commercial-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems co-located with a building load.  This study uses several modeling tools developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to model PV system revenue for a single system in Minnesota modeled with six different orientations and with each orientation exposed to five different rate structures. The rate structures examined include several rates currently available from the utility territory