What Makes the Biggest Difference in Community Solar Success? Our recent, October webinar explored the answer to that question. Check out the recording and all the webinars in our archive.
We also recently completed conference appearances at:
• APPA Customer Connections
• PLMA Annual Conference
If you have suggestions for future events, please use the Contact page to link up with our team.
The Community Solar Value Project (CSVP) was one of 15 projects chosen for co-funding in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, Solar Market Pathways Program. Projects explore cost-reduction and increasing net-
value in technology, systems integration, market pathways, and soft-cost reduction. See solarmarketpathways.org
for more information.
The CSVP completed work under that project grant in 2017. It continues to make project resources available to utilities and other solar stakeholders with support from Extensible Energy and Cliburn and Associates, the project lead firms, and through customized client agreements.
This new feature provides a casual gathering place for sharing news and fresh ideas about community solar. Just posted: insights from Luis Reyes of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in New Mexico, where a community solar mindset has led to a remarkable 100% renewables goal for daytime needs. Also, check the Forum archive for a successful 3-pronged approach to distributed solar at CPS Energy, in San Antonio.
Let’s talk about it!
New Feature: Look Here for High-Value Solutions
by Jill Cliburn • 11/27/17
Are you planning a community solar program or looking for ways to make an existing program better? We think you will find every corner of this website useful; we've been assessing best practices and introducing innovations in this field for more than two and one-half years. But one of the lessons we have learned is that easy access to information counts. Community solar program designers and other stakeholders (inside and outside the utility) often find themselves facing a specific challenge—a burning question on a short fuse.
As we've announced in a press release today, our answer can be found on CSVP's new Solutions pages, which you can find right at the top, on our Menu bar, above.
RELEASED! Solar Plus Storage Companion Measures for High-Value Community Solar: A Guide for Utility Program Planners. This guide is the first of its kind, introducing the reasoning behind using storage on either side of the meter to address resource-integration issues. Written for program planners and decision-makers who do not have advanced engineering backgrounds, the guide helps identify best-choice storage technologies and configurations. It references case studies and lays out a five-step process for early-stage solar program design. Get it from the Solar-Plus page of our new Solutions guide, of click here for the pdf.
Download Presentations from Conference Appearances and from the CSVP Procurements, Programs and Pricing Workshop. Jill Cliburn's presentation from the November 2017 American Public Power Association's Customer Connections Conference in Sacramento, CA is downloadable here. Presentations from CSVP's P3 Workshop are posted in the Library. For additional details, please provide Contact information.
What Will the Next Generation of Community Solar Programs Bring? CSVP Insights Are Featured on Utility Dive. After his appearance on our October webinar on Community Solar Success, Utility Dive analyst Herman Trabish broadened his investigation, asking a range of industry experts, including CSVP’s Jill Cliburn, what the future holds for community solar. See the article on Utility Dive.
Forum Post Explores the Question, Can Community Solar Complement Your Rooftop Solar Program? In addition to the current Forum post, which is about the Kit Carson Electric Co-op plan, don't miss the Forum Archive. For example, CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas, discusses the benefits of creating a menu of program options, including two types of rooftop solar and community solar. The Forum is a place where we welcome utility blogs and comments on questions that address community solar market challenges.
Learn from Other SunShot Solar Market Pathways Projects. Check out the Solar Market Pathways website links to other U.S. DOE-funded projects, aimed at lowering local solar project costs and at broadening the reach of solar into local communities. CSVP is in the process of updating its own Market Pathways page, but this is a good place to find out about projects and innovations in Chicago, in San Francisco, in the rental sector, and from other utilities. CSVP also lists some of our favorite resources on our Library page.
Second chance to give a listen. The CSVP webinar season has concluded for 2017. But you can revisit 2017 and even earlier webinars in our archive. If you like what you hear, please send us a note through our Contact page. Highlights from this past year: