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.
Our next free webinar is set for Thursday, June 29 at Noon Central on From Project Cost to Customer Pricing. Results from the CSVP June Workshop on procurement and pricing, with a few peer-reviewed updates – CSVP will share a straight-forward approach to answering vexing questions about how to be economic and competitive!
Registration link opening soon!
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.
for more information.
This new feature provides a casual gathering place for sharing news and fresh ideas about community solar. For example, Is community solar an enhancement or a detriment to your local solar market? In our latest Forum post, we share one perspective on this question, from CPS Energy, in San Antonio. Spoiler alert: Solar is booming in that Texas public power city!
Let’s talk about it!
Latest Blog Post: Need Silos Busted? Take It To The Top!
by Craig Hibberd, Guest Blogger • 5/15/17
Last month in this space, CSVP encouraged guerilla tactics—suggesting five ways that utility staff could cross departmental divides, in order to launch community solar programs quicker, cheaper, and better for both the utility and the customer. Necessary actions; community solar requires broad expertise and collaboration. But staff-level efforts can only go so far. It takes senior-level support to assure that community solar and other future-leaning programs will last and grow. So this month, I've been asked to offer some thoughts for the boss.
Utility Program Leaders! Register Now for Community Solar Procurements, Programs, and Pricing Workshop, June 7-8, 2017. This one and one-half day Workshop in Golden, Colorado, brings best-practice utility program managers and other experts together to work on new solutions to some of your toughest community solar program challenges. The Workshop is free to qualified participants, so long as space is available. CSVP's Workshop co-sponsor, the Western Area Power Administration Renewable Resource Program will host. For registration details, click here. A copy of the draft agenda is available for your review.
Our May 11 Webinar on Solar-Plus Storage referenced two new documents that will be available soon on this website. To be first to receive the CSVP Planning Guide to Solar-Plus Storage and the CSVP Resource Guide to Solar-Plus Storage, please provide your contact information on our Contact page. We will send an announcement out on publication day!
New Forum Post Explores the Question, Can Community Solar Complement Your Rooftop Solar Program? Check out our Forum page to see one answer, from CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas. The Forum is a place where we welcome utility blogs and comments on questions that address community solar market challenges.
New Portal from SunShot Solar Market Pathways. Check out the Solar Market Pathways website for a new listing of numerous websites and publications related to community solar projects, programs and policies. This is a general listing, so not all resources are pointed directly toward utility needs, but we think it’s a great resource for the conversation. CSVP also lists some of our favorite resources on our Library page.
Looking ahead, CSVP announces webinars and events for 2017. Watch for registration codes for our free webinars in the Events box above on this page. For information on our upcoming spring conference on Utility Leadership for Community-based Solar Solutions, send us a note through our Contact page. A list of upcoming webinar topics is posted below.