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.
A special webinar discussion of our top Community Solar Lessons Learned is in the works for early fall. Meanwhile, we hope you will make a visit to the CSVP Webinar Archive, where you can enjoy more than two years of our highly rated webinars and download presenta-tions. Through fall 2017, you will find us at
• Solar Power Intern'l
• National Solar Conf.
• APPA Customer Connections
• PLMA meet-ups
and more! Use the Contact page to link up with one or more CSVP team members
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: A Benefits-Adjusted PPA Can Make All the Difference
by Jill Cliburn • 7/13/17
Here's a quick take on our streamlined approach to community solar analytics, which is aimed at helping utilities to hit the target for competitive community solar pricing. You know the challenge. So many utilities nationwide have been critiqued for high premium pricing on community solar. Our approach is aimed squarely at solving that problem and bringing the price premium down to a range of two cents or less. That's the range market researchers describe (consistently!) as the boundary for customer acceptance.
You might enjoy our more detailed discussion on this topic, presented recently with economic analyst Joe Bourg and our rate-savvy project director, John Powers. The recording and slides are posted in the CSVP webinar archive. Here, I'll focus on one key finding. That is, the merits of assessing a short list of solar project benefits, for a better comparison between project options, and then thinking about the net LCOE in a new way: as a benefits-adjusted PPA.
Solar Procurements, Programs, and Pricing Workshop, June 7-8, 2017 drew attendance of more than 60, from 16 states and the District of Columbia. Additionally, more than 15 registrants who could not attend will be receiving detailed follow-up information. Presentations are now posted. Further, everyone is welcome to receive a free report (release date: July 15) on the Workshop discussions and results. Please provide contact information on our Contact page.
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.