The Community Solar Value Project (CSVP) represents leading energy thinkers and do-ers, ready to “make community solar better,” from both the sponsoring-utility and customer perspective. This website is your place to follow our progress and to contribute as a CSVP Utility Forum member or stakeholder. As we’re developing a decision framework for community-solar program design, we’re focusing first on optimal siting and project design, procurement, target marketing, and matching with companion measures that attack solar-integration challenges.
Plan to join us Thursday August 18 at Noon Central for a free webinar on Making Solar Carports Happen Featured speakers from the Green Parking Council and Solar Parasol will join Jill Cliburn from CSVP, who will review our latest research on how new approaches to developing carports and shade structures can cost-effectively bring more local community solar projects into urban utility program offers.
To register, click here.
The U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative is a national effort to make solar energy fully cost competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Projects explore cost-reduction and increasing net-value in technology, systems integration, technology-to-market, and soft-cost reduction.
The CSVP is one of 15 projects chosen for funding in 2015 by the SunShot Initiative, Solar Market Pathways Program.
See energy.gov/sunshot for more information.
This new feature provides a casual gathering place for sharing news, links, and fresh ideas about high-value community solar. Is Navigant’s newly-polished crystal ball correct, in suggesting that the end of net metering will drive more community solar? Or, on another topic, is community solar a solution for sustainable housing development? Let’s talk about it!
Latest Blog Post: We're Proceeding!
by Jill Cliburn • 7/14/2016
Literally. As part of our participation in the National Solar Conference in San Francisco this summer, CSVP team members have produced a paper for American Solar Energy Society Proceedings. The paper focuses on the value to utilities of adding a significant amount of distributed, local PV to the community-solar portfolio. The model presents a portfolio approach, in contrast to the growing trend toward using only low-cost centralized solar resources, delivered via the transmission grid and a retail community-solar tariff.
Utility Program-Design Solutions Workshop Success! CSVP held its annual gathering of the Utility Forum working group on August 3-4 in Sacramento, California. The group included community solar program designers from five utilities nationwide, plus a West Coast utility liaison from Western Area Power Administration and program designers from our host utility, SMUD. The group previewed SMUD's plans for community solar program expansion, and they reviewed new CSVP program-design tools. Those tools will be available in the fall on this website. A more detailed summary of the Workshop, including presentations by our guest utilities and a few of our works in progress, will be posted as they become available, under Workshops, on our Resources page.
A New Guide! Check out the CSVP's new guide, Incorporating Demand Response Into Community Solar Programs, by Erich Huffaker (Olivine) and John Powers (Extensible Energy). Aimed at helping utility solar and demand response (DR) or load management staff to add value by creating more integrated “solar plus” offers, this guide uses a scoring method to quantify and classify the attributes of particular DR options to address solar integration issues. It also discusses the effectiveness of using DR companion measures with local community solar, and highlights six pioneering-utility case studies. See our Library to download this free resource.
Earlier this spring, CSVP collaborated with Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) staff for a roll-up-your-sleeves workshop on “Closing the Pricing Gap.” In short, given the lower sticker price of large-scale solar, how does the utility build its case for local community solar? Our answer is a work in progress, but you can see our March Blog for a preview of practical first steps to orchestrating DERs on a 21st-century, flexible grid.
We continue to post presentations from our conference appearances, as well as useful papers from our team and others, to our Library for your convenience. And as you might notice from our announcement of Events, we have our 2016 free webinar series underway, as well. See our Webinars page for posted presentations and, when available, recordings of these events.