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Value of Distributed Generation - Solar PV Methodology

Valuation, Analysis, BCA   
Acadia Center assessed the grid and societal value of 6 marginal 1 kW solar PV systems to understand the overall value that solar PV provides to the grid, ratepayers, and society. To do so, NREL's PVWatts Calculator was used to estimate the hourly output profiles for 6 solar PV system orientations. This output was used to estimate avoided costs and benefits for 11 compoenets of grid and societal values. Location value, economic benefits, and subsidies received by fossil fuel companies were beyond the scope of Acadia's analysis.