Sample records for residential solar pv

  1. Austin Energy- Residential Solar PV Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Austin Energy's Solar Rebate Program offers a $1.50 per watt incentive to eligible residential who install photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes. Rebates are limited to $15,000 per home...

  2. THE SOLARIZE GUIDEBOOK: A community guide to collective purchasing of residential PV systems

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    THE SOLARIZE GUIDEBOOK: A community guide to collective purchasing of residential PV systems #12 and Sustainability partnered with neighborhood coalition offices,

  3. Solar Works! In Seattle: Introduction to Solar Electric (PV)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Presentation slides from residential PV workshop. Also covers general solar resource assessment, siting and financial incentives.

  4. Shaking Up the Residential PV Market: Implications of Recent Changes to the ITC

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Bolinger, Mark

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    E NERGY Shaking Up the Residential PV Market: Implicationsthe Revised Residential Credit ..ITC (capped at $2,000) for residential solar systems. Both

  5. Japan's Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Market: An Analysis of Residential System Prices (Presentation)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    James, T.

    2014-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This presentation summarizes market and policy factors influencing residential solar photovoltaic system prices in Japan, and compares these factors to related developments in the United States.

  6. Residential Solar Tax Credit

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Enacted in August 1997, this personal income tax credit originally applied to expenditures on solar-electric (PV) equipment used on residential property. The credit, equal to 25% percent of the...

  7. Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems (Book)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2012-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This guidebook is intended as a road map for project planners and solar advocates who want to convert 'interest' into 'action,' to break through market barriers and permanently transform the market for residential solar installations in their communities. It describes the key elements of the Solarize campaigns in Portland, and offers several program refinements from projects beyond Portland. The guidebook provides lessons, considerations, and step-by-step plans for project organizers to replicate the success of Solarize Portland.

  8. Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems

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    Irvine, L.; Sawyer, A.; Grove, J.

    2011-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This handbook is intended as a road map for project planners and solar advocates who want to convert interest into action, to break through market barriers and permanently transform the market for residential solar installations in their communities. It describes the key elements of the Solarize campaigns in Portland, and offers several program refinements from projects beyond Portland. The handbook provides lessons, considerations, and step-by-step plans for project organizers to replicate the success of Solarize Portland.

  9. Solar Leasing for Residential Photovoltaic Systems (Fact Sheet)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2009-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This publication examines the solar lease option for residential PV systems and describes two solar lease programs already in place.

  10. Energy 101: Solar PV

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    None

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can generate clean, cost-effective power anywhere the sun shines. This video shows how a PV panel converts the energy of the sun into renewable electricity to power homes and businesses.

  11. Energy 101: Solar PV

    ScienceCinema (OSTI)

    None

    2013-05-29T23:59:59.000Z

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can generate clean, cost-effective power anywhere the sun shines. This video shows how a PV panel converts the energy of the sun into renewable electricity to power homes and businesses.

  12. Property Tax Assessments as a Finance Vehicle for Residential PV Installations: Opportunities and Potential Limitations

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Bolinger, Mark

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    interest PV loan programs: a residential solar investmentsolar ITC, it is important to evaluate the financial attractiveness of this specific type of loan

  13. Residential Solar Valuation Rates

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Residential Solar Valuation Rates Karl R. Rbago Rbago Energy LLC 1 The Ideal Residential Solar Tariff Fair to the utility and non-solar customers Fair compensation to...

  14. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector.

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    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ??This dissertation analyzes the energy consumption behavior of residential adopters of solar photovoltaic systems (solar-PV). Based on large data sets from the San Diego region… (more)

  15. Austin Energy- Residential Solar Loan Program (Texas)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Austin Energy offers two types of loans for residential customers to finance solar water heater and and solar PV systems in eligible homes. [http://www.austinenergy.com/Energy%20Efficiency/Programs...

  16. SMUD- PV Residential Retrofit Buy-Down

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    SMUD offers an incentive of $0.20 per watt (W) AC to residential customers who install grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems. Customers do not have to contract directly with SMUD-approved...

  17. Project Profile: An Emergent Model of Technology Adoption for Accelerating the Diffusion of Residential Solar PV

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The University of Texas at Austin, along with partners at Frontier Associates and Austin Energy, under the Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) program, is developing an integrated...

  18. Energy 101: Solar PV | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Solar PV Energy 101: Solar PV Addthis Description Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can generate clean, cost-effective power anywhere the sun shines. This video shows how a PV panel...

  19. Residential Solar Rights

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In 2007, New Jersey enacted legislation preventing homeowners associations from prohibiting the installation of solar collectors on certain types of residential properties. The term "solar...

  20. Austin Energy- Value of Solar Residential Rate (Texas)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Austin Energy, the municipal utility of Austin Texas, offers the Value of Solar rate for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The Value of Solar tariff, designed by Austin Energy and...

  1. Gulf Power- Solar PV Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    '''''All funding has currently been reserved and new applications are no longer being accepted. See Gulf Power's [http://www.gulfpower.com/renewable/solarElectricity.asp Solar PV] web site for more...

  2. Berkeley Program Offers New Option for Financing Residential PV Systems

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Bolinger, Mark A

    2008-07-06T23:59:59.000Z

    Readily accessible credit has often been cited as a necessary ingredient to open up the market for residential photovoltaic (PV) systems. Though financing does not reduce the high up-front cost of PV, by spreading that cost over some portion of the system's life, financing can certainly make PV systems more affordable. As a result, a number of states have, in the past, set up special residential loan programs targeting the installation of renewable energy systems and/or energy-efficiency improvements and often featuring low interest rates, longer terms and no-hassle application requirements. Historically, these loan programs have had mixed success (particularly for PV), for a variety of reasons, including a historical lack of homeowner interest in PV, a lack of program awareness, a reduced appeal in a low-interest-rate environment, and a tendency for early PV adopters to be wealthy and not in need of financing. Some of these barriers have begun to fade. Most notably, homeowner interest in PV has grown in some states, particularly those that offer solar rebates. The passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), however, introduced one additional roadblock to the success of low-interest PV loan programs: a residential solar investment tax credit (ITC), subject to the Federal government's 'anti-double-dipping' rules. Specifically, the residential solar ITC--equal to 30% of the system's tax basis, capped at $2000--will be reduced or offset if the system also benefits from what is known as 'subsidized energy financing', which is likely to include most government-sponsored low-interest loan programs. Within this context, it has been interesting to note the recent flurry of announcements from a number of U.S cities concerning a new type of PV financing program. Led by the city of Berkeley, Calif., these cities propose to offer their residents the ability to finance the installation of a PV system using increased property tax assessments, rather than a more-traditional credit vehicle, to recover both system and administrative costs. This approach has a number of features that should appeal to PV owners, including long-term, fixed-cost, attractive financing; loans that are tied to the tax capacity of the property rather than to the owner's credit standing; a repayment obligation that transfers along with the sale of the property; and a potential ability to deduct the repayment obligation from federal taxable income as part of the local property tax deduction. For these reasons, Berkeley's program, which was first announced on October 23, 2007, has received considerable nationwide attention in both the trade and general press. Since the announcement, cities from throughout California and the broader U.S. have expressed keen interest in the possibility of replicating this type of program. In California alone, the cities of Santa Cruz, Santa Monica and Palm Desert are all reportedly considering similar programs, while the city of San Francisco has recently announced its own program, portions of which closely parallel Berkeley's approach. In addition, a bill (AB 811) that would authorize all cities in California, not just charter cities like Berkeley, to create this type of program was approved by the California General Assembly on January 29 and is currently under consideration in the State Senate. A similar bill in Colorado (HB 1350) was signed into law on May 28. Elsewhere, the city of Tucson, Arizona has also considered this financing approach.

  3. Solar Leasing for Residential Photovoltaic Systems

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This publication examines the solar lease option for residential PV systems and describes two solar lease programs already in place. As a result of the $2,000 cap on the residential ITC being lifted in 2009, the expansion of the solar lease model across the United States may be slower than anticipated. The lease model, though, still offers homeowners some distinct advantages. This publication helps homeowners revisit the comparison between the solar lease and home-equity financing in light of the change to the ITC.

  4. Solar Photovoltaic Financing: Residential Sector Deployment

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    Coughlin, J.; Cory, K.

    2009-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This report presents the information that homeowners and policy makers need to facilitate PV financing at the residential level. The full range of cash payments, bill savings, and tax incentives is covered, as well as potentially available solar attribute payments. Traditional financing is also compared to innovative solutions, many of which are borrowed from the commercial sector. Together, these mechanisms are critical for making the economic case for a residential PV installation, given its high upfront costs. Unfortunately, these programs are presently limited to select locations around the country. By calling attention to these innovative initiatives, this report aims to help policy makers consider greater adoption of these models to benefit homeowners interested installing a residential PV system.

  5. SMUD- Residential Solar Loan Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's (SMUD) Residential Loan Program provides 100% financing to customers who install solar water heating systems. All solar water heating systems must meet...

  6. Impact of residential PV adoption on Retail Electricity Rates Desmond W.H. Cai a,n

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Low, Steven H.

    is the fraction of customers who adopt PV in any year based solely on the money saved by doing so in that year) solar cells has fallen below the retail price of grid electricity in some areas. A number of residential households with rooftop photo voltaic (PV) panels has grown rapidly over the past few years. This growth

  7. Optimal Solar PV Arrays Integration for Distributed Generation

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    Omitaomu, Olufemi A [ORNL; Li, Xueping [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems hold great potential for distributed energy generation by installing PV panels on rooftops of residential and commercial buildings. Yet challenges arise along with the variability and non-dispatchability of the PV systems that affect the stability of the grid and the economics of the PV system. This paper investigates the integration of PV arrays for distributed generation applications by identifying a combination of buildings that will maximize solar energy output and minimize system variability. Particularly, we propose mean-variance optimization models to choose suitable rooftops for PV integration based on Markowitz mean-variance portfolio selection model. We further introduce quantity and cardinality constraints to result in a mixed integer quadratic programming problem. Case studies based on real data are presented. An efficient frontier is obtained for sample data that allows decision makers to choose a desired solar energy generation level with a comfortable variability tolerance level. Sensitivity analysis is conducted to show the tradeoffs between solar PV energy generation potential and variability.

  8. CPS Energy- Solar PV Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    CPS Energy, San Antonio's municipal utility, offers rebates to customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes, schools, or businesses. There are four rebate "tiers" available...

  9. Shaking Up the Residential PV Market: Implications of Recent Changes to the ITC

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    Bolinger, Mark; Barbose, Galen; Wiser, Ryan

    2008-11-12T23:59:59.000Z

    On August 8, 2005, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) increased the Section 48 investment tax credit (ITC) for commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems from 10% to 30% of the project's 'tax credit basis' (i.e., the dollar amount to which the ITC applies), and also created in Section 25D of the Internal Revenue Code a new 30% ITC (capped at $2,000) for residential solar systems. Both changes went into effect on January 1, 2006, for an initial period of two years, and in late 2006 both credits were extended 'as is' for an additional year (through 2008). In early 2006, Berkeley Lab published an LBNL/CESA case study that examined the financial impact of EPAct 2005's solar tax credits on PV system owners, in light of the $2,000 cap on the residential credit, as well as the fact that most PV systems in the U.S. also receive cash incentives from state-, local-, or utility-administered PV programs, and that these cash incentives may reduce the value of federal tax credits in certain situations. That case study was subsequently revised in February 2007 to reflect new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidance. The findings of that case study, which are briefly recapped in the next section, remained relevant up until October 2008, when the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 extended both solar credits for an unprecedented eight years, removed the $2,000 cap on the residential credit, and eliminated restrictions on the use of both credits in conjunction with the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). These significant changes, which apply to systems placed in service on or after January 1, 2009, will increase the value of the solar credits for residential system owners in particular, and are likely to spur significant growth in residential, commercial, and utility-scale PV installations in the years ahead. In light of these substantial changes to the solar ITC, this report takes a fresh look at the value of these revised credits, focusing specifically on the Section 25D residential credit. After first setting the stage by briefly reviewing our previous findings, the document proceeds to cover four specific areas in which the removal of the $2,000 cap on the residential ITC will have significant implications for PV program administrators, PV system owners, and the PV industry that go beyond the obvious market growth potential created by these more-lucrative federal incentives. These four areas include: (1) The financial implications of whether or not residential cash rebates are considered to be taxable income; (2) The role of low-interest loan programs and other forms of 'subsidized energy financing' under an uncapped ITC; (3) The degree to which taxable and nontaxable rebate levels might be reduced in response to the extra value provided by an uncapped ITC; and (4) The impact of an uncapped ITC on third-party financing and ownership models that are just beginning to emerge in the residential sector. The document concludes by highlighting a common thread that runs throughout: the need for PV program managers to understand whether or not their rebates are considered to be taxable income before they can react in an appropriate manner to the recent changes in federal solar policy and, if financing programs are offered, the need to understand whether the IRS considers these programs to be 'subsidized'. Finally, we note that this paper is based on current law; future legislative changes to the ITC could, of course, alter the conclusions reached here.

  10. Residential Solar Water Heating Rebates

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    New Hampshire offers a rebate for residential solar water-heating systems and solar space-heating systems. The rebate is equal to $1,500 for systems with an annual estimated output of 5.5 MMBTU to...

  11. Austin Energy's Residential Solar Rate

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Leslie Libby Austin Energy Project Manager 2020 Utility Scale Solar Goal 175 MW 30 MW PPA at Webberville 2020 Distributed Solar Goal 25 MW Residential - 7.0 MW Commercial - 1.4 MW...

  12. Driving Demand for Home Energy Improvements: Motivating residential customers to invest in comprehensive upgrades that eliminate energy waste, avoid high utility bills, and spur the economy

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Fuller, Merrian C.

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    by bundling energy efficiency, solar photovoltaics (PV), andby bundling energy efficiency, solar photovoltaics (PV), andPhotovoltaics Residential Conservation Service Residential Energy Efficiency

  13. Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant- Residential PV Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Customers of Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) may be eligible for $2.00/watt rebate on solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. The minimum system size eligible for this rebate is 1 kilowatt ...

  14. Department of Veterans Affairs, FONSI - Rooftop solar PV power...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Rooftop solar PV power at Calverton National Cemetery Department of Veterans Affairs, FONSI - Rooftop solar PV power at Calverton National Cemetery An Environmental Assessment (EA)...

  15. Integrating Solar PV into Energy Services Performance Contracts...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Integrating Solar PV into Energy Services Performance Contracts: Options for Local Governments Nationwide Integrating Solar PV into Energy Services Performance Contracts: Options...

  16. Residential Solar Sales Tax Exemption

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    New York enacted legislation in July 2005 exempting the sale and installation of residential solar-energy systems from the state's sales and compensating use taxes. The exemption was extended to...

  17. Portland's Residential Solar Permitting Guide

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This program guide outlines the application and review procedures for obtaining the necessary permit(s) to install a solar energy system for a new or existing residential building. The guide also...

  18. Pallets of PV: Communities Purchase Solar and Drive Down Costs...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems." Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (Northwest SEED), May. Groups: OpenEI Community...

  19. City of Anaheim This page outlines solar PV incentives, financing mechanisms, permitting process, and

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    a contract. Back to Top Financing Information Federal Solar Incentives o Residential Renewable Energy TaxCity of Anaheim This page outlines solar PV incentives, financing mechanisms, permitting process | Incentives | Permitting | Interconnection Contact Information City of Anaheim Building Division 200 S

  20. Analyzing and simulating the variability of solar irradiance and solar PV powerplants

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lave, Matthew S.

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    WVM) for Solar PV Power Plants, Sustainable Energy, IEEESolar PV Power Plants," IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy,

  1. Kauai, Hawaii: Solar Resource Analysis and High-Penetration PV...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    industry standards, it is recommended that the PV system be approved by Go Solar California. 4 PV Size and Performance The PV arrays must be installed in unshaded locations on...

  2. California Solar Initiative- PV Incentives

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    '''Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) have reached their budget limits for residential rebates. Both utilities will continue accepting applications for...

  3. Why Are Residential PV Prices in Germany So Much Lower Than in the United States?

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Why Are Residential PV Prices in Germany So Much Lower Than in the United States? A Scoping is significantly lower in Germany than in the U.S., due primarily to differences in "soft" costs ­ But relatively consultant data relevant to the cost structure of residential PV in Germany · Focus is the pre

  4. The Economic Value of PV and Net Metering to Residential Customers in California

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    Darghouth, Naim

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    incentives under the California Solar Initiative takeRates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies? ”Solar PV and Retail Rate Design”, Unpublished draft report for the California

  5. Solar PV Incentive Programs | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Delicious RankCombustion |Energy Usage » SearchEnergyDepartmentScoping Study |4 SolarPV Incentive Programs Solar PV

  6. El Paso Electric Company- Solar PV Pilot Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    '''''El Paso Electric's 2013 Solar PV Rebate program will reopen at 12:00 pm MST on February 1, 2013.'''''

  7. A Wavelet-Based Variability Model (WVM) for Solar PV Power Plants

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    Lave, Matthew; Kleissl, Jan; Stein, Joshua S

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    simulating solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant output givenfor simulating the power output of a solar photovoltaic (PV)

  8. Experience Curves and Solar PV Fred Heutte, Senior Policy Associate

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Experience Curves and Solar PV Fred Heutte, Senior Policy Associate NW Energy Coalition September 3 resources costs as being ranges rather than fixed values. It is evident that the question of future solar PV small percentage of all resources at present, there is a strong sense that once solar PV reaches "grid

  9. Solar Resource and PV Systems Performance

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Solar Resource and PV Systems Performance at Selected Test Sites Prepared for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC26-06NT42847 Hawai`i Distributed Energy Resource Technologies for Energy Security Task 8 Deliverable plus

  10. PV Solar Site Assessment (Milwaukee High School)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The purpose of this assessment is to provide site-specific information on how a solar electric (also referred to as a photovoltaic, or PV) system would perform at your location, including information on estimated physical size, rated output, energy production, costs, financial incentives and mounting options. Site assessors are required to present unbiased information and may not recommend contractors or products.

  11. City of Los Angeles This page outlines solar PV incentives, financing mechanisms, permitting process, and

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Incentives o Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit · A taxpayer may claim a credit of 30% of qualifiedCity of Los Angeles This page outlines solar PV incentives, financing mechanisms, permitting these hyperlinks: Find an Installer | Financing | Incentives | Permitting | Interconnection Contact Information

  12. Property Tax Assessments as a Finance Vehicle for Residential PV Installations: Opportunities and Potential Limitations

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Bolinger, Mark A; Bolinger, Mark

    2008-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Readily accessible credit has often been cited as a necessary ingredient to open up the market for residential photovoltaic (PV) systems. Though financing does not reduce the high up-front cost of PV, by spreading that cost over some portion of the system's life, financing can certainly make PV systems more affordable. As a result, a number of states have, in the past, set up special residential loan programs targeting the installation of renewable energy systems and/or energy efficiency improvements, and often featuring low interest rates, longer terms, and no-hassle application requirements. Historically, these loan programs have met with mixed success (particularly for PV), for a variety of reasons, including: (1) historical lack of homeowner interest in PV, (2) lack of program awareness, (3) reduced appeal in a low-interest-rate environment, and (4) a tendency for early PV adopters to be wealthy, and not in need of financing. Although some of these barriers have begun to fade--most notably, homeowner interest in PV has grown in some states, particularly those that offer solar rebates--the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) introduced one additional roadblock to the success of low-interest PV loan programs: a residential solar investment tax credit (ITC), subject to the Federal government's 'anti-double-dipping' rules. Specifically, the residential solar ITC--equal to 30% of the system's tax basis, capped at $2000--will be reduced or offset if the system also benefits from what is known as 'subsidized energy financing', which is likely to include most government-sponsored low-interest loan programs. Within this context, it has been interesting to note the recent flurry of announcements from several U.S cities concerning a new type of PV financing program. Led by the City of Berkeley, California, these cities propose to offer their residents the ability to finance the installation of a PV system using increased property tax assessments, rather than a more-traditional credit vehicle, to recover both system and administrative costs. As discussed in more detail later, this seemingly innovative approach has a number of features that should appeal to PV owners, including: long-term, fixed-cost, attractive financing; loans that are tied to the tax capacity of the property rather than to the owner's credit standing; a repayment obligation that transfers along with the sale of the property; and a potential ability to deduct the repayment obligation from Federal taxable income, as part of the local property tax deduction. For these reasons, Berkeley's program--which was first announced on October 23, 2007--has received considerable nationwide attention in both the trade and general press. Since the announcement, cities from throughout California and the broader U.S. have expressed keen interest in the possibility of replicating this type of program. In California alone, the cities of Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, and Palm Desert are all reportedly considering similar programs, while the city of San Francisco has recently announced its own program, portions of which closely parallel Berkeley's approach. Berkeley's Proposed PV Program In addition, a bill (AB 811) that would authorize all cities (not just 'charter cities' like Berkeley) in California to create this type of program was approved by the California General Assembly on January 29, 2008 and passed on to the State Senate for consideration. That local governments from across California and the broader US are so genuinely excited about the prospect of supporting the installation of residential PV in their communities through this type of program is no doubt an interesting development. Given, however, the potential for such programs to negatively interact with the residential solar ITC, it is important to evaluate the financial attractiveness of this specific type of loan program, particularly in advance of any broader state- or nation-wide 'rollout'. This case study presents such an evaluation. Because Berkeley appears to have the most-well-developed proposa

  13. Tucson's Solar Experience: Developing PV with RFPs and PPAs

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Tucson's Solar Experience: Developing PV with RFPs and PPAs Bruce Plenk Solar Coordinator City of Tucson Office of Conservation and Sustainable Development DOE EERE- January 15,...

  14. Solar Now! Residential Brochure

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Four Oregon organizations have teamed up to help Oregon homeowners learn about and install solar energy systems. This is a good example of a marketing/educational product that communities could create.

  15. Grid-Competitive Residential and Commercial Fully Automated PV Systems Technology: Final technical Report, August 2011

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    Brown, Katie E.; Cousins, Peter; Culligan, Matt; Jonathan Botkin; DeGraaff, David; Bunea, Gabriella; Rose, Douglas; Bourne, Ben; Koehler, Oliver

    2011-08-26T23:59:59.000Z

    Under DOE's Technology Pathway Partnership program, SunPower Corporation developed turn-key, high-efficiency residential and commercial systems that are cost effective. Key program objectives include a reduction in LCOE values to 9-12 cents/kWh and 13-18 cents/kWh respectively for the commercial and residential markets. Target LCOE values for the commercial ground, commercial roof, and residential markets are 10, 11, and 13 cents/kWh. For this effort, SunPower collaborated with a variety of suppliers and partners to complete the tasks below. Subcontractors included: Solaicx, SiGen, Ribbon Technology, Dow Corning, Xantrex, Tigo Energy, and Solar Bridge. SunPower's TPP addressed nearly the complete PV value chain: from ingot growth through system deployment. Throughout the award period of performance, SunPower has made progress toward achieving these reduced costs through the development of 20%+ efficient modules, increased cell efficiency through the understanding of loss mechanisms and improved manufacturing technologies, novel module development, automated design tools and techniques, and reduced system development and installation time. Based on an LCOE assessment using NREL's Solar Advisor Model, SunPower achieved the 2010 target range, as well as progress toward 2015 targets.

  16. Approaches for identifying consumer preferences for the design of technology products : a case study of residential solar panels

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    Chen, Heidi Qianyi

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This thesis investigates ways to obtain consumer preferences for technology products to help designers identify the key attributes that contribute to a product's market success. A case study of residential solar PV panels ...

  17. Empirically Derived Strength of Residential Roof Structures for Solar Installations.

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    Dwyer, Stephen F.; Sanchez, Alfred; Campos, Ivan A.; Gerstle, Walter H.

    2014-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Engineering certification for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules on wood roofs is often denied because existing wood roofs do not meet structural design codes. This work is intended to show that many roofs are actually sufficiently strong given the conservatism in codes, documented allowable strengths, roof structure system effects, and beam composite action produced by joist-sheathing interaction. This report provides results from a testing program to provide actual load carrying capacity of residential rooftops. The results reveal that the actual load carrying capacity of structural members and systems tested are significantly stronger than allowable loads provided by the International Residential Code (IRC 2009) and the national structural code found in Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-10). Engineering analysis of residential rooftops typically ignores the system affects and beam composite action in determining rooftop stresses given a potential PV installation. This extreme conservatism combined with conservatism in codes and published allowable stress values for roof building materials (NDS 2012) lead to the perception that well built homes may not have adequate load bearing capacity to enable a rooftop PV installation. However, based on the test results presented in this report of residential rooftop structural systems, the actual load bearing capacity is several times higher than published values (NDS 2012).

  18. Residential solar home resale analysis

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    Noll, S.A.

    1980-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    One of the determinants of the market acceptance of solar technologies in the residential housing sector is the value placed upon the solar property at the time of resale. The resale factor is shown to be an important economic parameter when net benefits of the solar design are considered over a typical ownership cycle rather than the life cycle of the system. Although a study of solar resale in Davis, Ca, indicates that those particular homes have been appreciating in value faster than nonsolar market comparables, no study has been made that would confirm this conclusion for markets in other geograhical locations with supporting tests of statistical significance. The data to undertake such an analysis is available through numerous local sources; however, case by case data collection is prohibitively expensive. A recommended alternative approach is to make use of real estate market data firms who compile large data bases and provide multi-variate statistical analysis packages.

  19. NREL: Jobs and Economic Competitiveness - Solar PV Manufacturing...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Solar PV Manufacturing Cost Analysis Between 2000 and 2010 global shipments of PV cellsmodules grew 53% (compound annual growth rate CAGR). At the same time, the U.S. market...

  20. Presentation Slides: Solar Finance for Residential and Commercial...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Presentation Slides: Solar Finance for Residential and Commercial Customers and Potential Roles of State and Local Government Presentation Slides: Solar Finance for Residential and...

  1. Novel Control and Harmonics Impact of PV Solar Farms.

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    Das, Byomakesh

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ??This thesis presents a novel application of Photovoltaic (PV) solar system inverter, both during night and day, as a dynamic reactive power compensator STATCOM. This… (more)

  2. Large-scale Solar PV Investment Planning Studies.

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    Muneer, Wajid

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ??In the pursuit of a cleaner and sustainable environment, solar photovoltaic (PV) power has been established as the fastest growing alternative energy source in the… (more)

  3. An Analysis of the Effects of Photovoltaic Energy Systems on Residential Selling Prices in California.

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    Cappers, Peter

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Effects of Residential Photovoltaic Energy Systems on Homeof homes with existing photovoltaic (PV) energy systems havegrid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems were

  4. Residential Photovoltaic Energy Systems in California: The Effect on Home Sales Prices

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    Hoen, Ben

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Residential Photovoltaic Energy Systems in California: Thethe marginal impacts of photovoltaic (PV) energy systems ons largest market for photovoltaic solar (PV), with nearly

  5. Austin Utilities- Solar Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Austin Utilities provides incentives for their residential and commercial customers to install photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems. Qualifying PV systems can earn $1 per watt;...

  6. Integrating Solar PV in Utility System Operations

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    Mills, A.; Botterud, A.; Wu, J.; Zhou, Z.; Hodge, B-M.; Heany, M.

    2013-10-31T23:59:59.000Z

    This study develops a systematic framework for estimating the increase in operating costs due to uncertainty and variability in renewable resources, uses the framework to quantify the integration costs associated with sub-hourly solar power variability and uncertainty, and shows how changes in system operations may affect these costs. Toward this end, we present a statistical method for estimating the required balancing reserves to maintain system reliability along with a model for commitment and dispatch of the portfolio of thermal and renewable resources at different stages of system operations. We estimate the costs of sub-hourly solar variability, short-term forecast errors, and day-ahead (DA) forecast errors as the difference in production costs between a case with “realistic” PV (i.e., subhourly solar variability and uncertainty are fully included in the modeling) and a case with “well behaved” PV (i.e., PV is assumed to have no sub-hourly variability and can be perfectly forecasted). In addition, we highlight current practices that allow utilities to compensate for the issues encountered at the sub-hourly time frame with increased levels of PV penetration. In this analysis we use the analytical framework to simulate utility operations with increasing deployment of PV in a case study of Arizona Public Service Company (APS), a utility in the southwestern United States. In our analysis, we focus on three processes that are important in understanding the management of PV variability and uncertainty in power system operations. First, we represent the decisions made the day before the operating day through a DA commitment model that relies on imperfect DA forecasts of load and wind as well as PV generation. Second, we represent the decisions made by schedulers in the operating day through hour-ahead (HA) scheduling. Peaking units can be committed or decommitted in the HA schedules and online units can be redispatched using forecasts that are improved relative to DA forecasts, but still imperfect. Finally, we represent decisions within the operating hour by schedulers and transmission system operators as real-time (RT) balancing. We simulate the DA and HA scheduling processes with a detailed unit-commitment (UC) and economic dispatch (ED) optimization model. This model creates a least-cost dispatch and commitment plan for the conventional generating units using forecasts and reserve requirements as inputs. We consider only the generation units and load of the utility in this analysis; we do not consider opportunities to trade power with neighboring utilities. We also do not consider provision of reserves from renewables or from demand-side options. We estimate dynamic reserve requirements in order to meet reliability requirements in the RT operations, considering the uncertainty and variability in load, solar PV, and wind resources. Balancing reserve requirements are based on the 2.5th and 97.5th percentile of 1-min deviations from the HA schedule in a previous year. We then simulate RT deployment of balancing reserves using a separate minute-by-minute simulation of deviations from the HA schedules in the operating year. In the simulations we assume that balancing reserves can be fully deployed in 10 min. The minute-by-minute deviations account for HA forecasting errors and the actual variability of the load, wind, and solar generation. Using these minute-by-minute deviations and deployment of balancing reserves, we evaluate the impact of PV on system reliability through the calculation of the standard reliability metric called Control Performance Standard 2 (CPS2). Broadly speaking, the CPS2 score measures the percentage of 10-min periods in which a balancing area is able to balance supply and demand within a specific threshold. Compliance with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) reliability standards requires that the CPS2 score must exceed 90% (i.e., the balancing area must maintain adequate balance for 90% of the 10-min periods). The combination of representing DA forecast errors in the

  7. The Falling Price of Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Projects...

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Projects The Falling Price of Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Projects Data courtesy of National Renewable Energy Lab. Chart by Daniel Wood. View...

  8. Property Tax Exemption for Residential Solar Systems

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    [http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/10%20Regular/final/HB0233.pdf HB 233 of 2010] exempted residential solar energy systems from property tax assessments. According to state law, for the purposes of...

  9. Chicopee Electric Light- Residential Solar Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Chicopee Electric Light offered rebates to residential customers who install solar photovoltaic systems on their homes. Customer rebates are $0.50 per watt for a maximum of $2,500 per installation.

  10. Solar Energy Option Requirement for Residential Developments

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In March 2009 New Jersey enacted legislation ([http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/PL09/33_.PDF A.B. 1558]) designed to support the integration of solar energy systems into new residential...

  11. Innovations in Wind and Solar PV Financing

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    Cory, K.; Coughlin, J.; Jenkin, T.; Pater, J.; Swezey, B.

    2008-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    There is growing national interest in renewable energy development based on the economic, environmental, and security benefits that these resources provide. Historically, greater development of our domestic renewable energy resources has faced a number of hurdles, primarily related to cost, regulation, and financing. With the recent sustained increase in the costs and associated volatility of fossil fuels, the economics of renewable energy technologies have become increasingly attractive to investors, both large and small. As a result, new entrants are investing in renewable energy and new business models are emerging. This study surveys some of the current issues related to wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy project financing in the electric power industry, and identifies both barriers to and opportunities for increased investment.

  12. Rochester Public Utilities- Solar Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Rochester Public Utilities provides incentives for residential and commercial customers to install photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems. Qualifying PV systems can earn $1 per watt...

  13. Owatanna Public Utilities- Solar Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Owatanna Public Utilities provides incentives for their residential and commercial customers to install photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems. Qualifying PV systems can earn $1 per watt...

  14. PV vs. Solar Water Heating- Simple Solar Payback

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Solar energy systems hang their hats on payback. Financial payback is as tangible as money in your bank account, while other types of payback—like environmental externalities—are not usually calculated in dollars. There’s no doubt that photovoltaic (PV) and solar hot water (SHW) systems will pay you back. Maybe not as quickly as you’d like, but all systems will significantly offset their cost over their lifetimes. Here we’ll try to answer: Which system will give the quickest return on investment (ROI)?

  15. November 21, 2000 PV Lesson Plan 1 Solar Cells

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    Oregon, University of

    November 21, 2000 PV Lesson Plan 1 ­ Solar Cells Prepared for the Oregon Million Solar Roofs Coalition By Frank Vignola ­ University of Oregon Solar Radiation Monitoring Lab John Hocken ­ South Eugene High School Gary Grace ­ South Eugene High School In Schools #12;1 Solar Cells Lesson Plan Content

  16. Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities

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    Levinson, Ronnen

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    rooftops in four California cities Solar access ofcomputed. Solar access violation California Public ResourcesSolar access of residential rooftops in four California

  17. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector

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    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    38 3.2.1. SDG&E Residential Electric Rates and TheirFootprint of Single-Family Residential New Construction.Solar photovoltaic financing: residential sector deployment,

  18. Progress Energy Carolinas- SunSense Residential PV Incentive Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    '''''Note: This program is budgeted to support a total of 1 MW of residential systems per year. The program is now fully subscribed for 2013. New applications will be accepted starting January 1,...

  19. Gainesville Regional Utilities- Solar-Electric (PV) System Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    '''''NOTE: Application targets for fiscal year 2013 have been met for the GRU Solar PV Rebate Program. The next round of applications are scheduled to open on October 1, 2013 pending approval of...

  20. Solar PV Jobs and Economic Development Impact Model Webinar

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Join the DOE SunShot Initiative, in conjunction with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, for a webinar on August 21, 2013, at 2-3 p.m. EST highlighting the Scenario Solar PV Jobs and Economic...

  1. Tucson's Solar Experience: Developing PV with RFPs and PPAs

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This presentation was given January 15, 2013, by Bruce Plenk, Solar Coordinator for the City of Tucson, Arizona, as part of the CommRE Developing PV Projects With RFPs and PPAs webinar.

  2. Wind and Solar-Electric (PV) Systems Exemption

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Minnesota excludes the value added by solar-electric (PV) systems installed after January 1, 1992 from real property taxation. In addition all real and personal property of wind-energy systems is...

  3. Solar PV Project Financing: Regulatory and Legislative Challenges for Third-Party PPA System Owners

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    Kollins, K.; Speer, B.; Cory, K.

    2009-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Residential and commercial end users of electricity who want to generate electricity using on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) systems face challenging initial and O&M costs. The third-party ownership power purchase agreement (PPA) finance model addresses these and other challenges. It allows developers to build and own PV systems on customers? properties and sell power back to customers. However, third-party electricity sales commonly face five regulatory challenges. The first three challenges involve legislative or regulatory definitions of electric utilities, power generation equipment, and providers of electric services. These definitions may compel third-party owners of solar PV systems to comply with regulations that may be cost prohibitive. Third-party owners face an additional challenge if they may not net meter, a practice that provides significant financial incentive to owning solar PV systems. Finally, municipalities and cooperatives worry about the regulatory implications of allowing an entity to sell electricity within their service territories. This paper summarizes these challenges, when they occur, and how they have been addressed in five states. This paper also presents alternative to the third-party ownership PPA finance model, including solar leases, contractual intermediaries, standardized contract language, federal investment tax credits, clean renewable energy bonds, and waived monopoly powers.

  4. Utility Scale Solar PV Cost Steven SimmonsSteven Simmons

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    Nuclear Generating Station. 4 #12;6/19/2013 3 EVEN MORE SUNNY HEADLINES New solar panels glisten6/19/2013 1 Utility Scale Solar PV Cost Steven SimmonsSteven Simmons Northwest Power Cost Forecast 5. Levelized Costs 1 SOLAR POWER SYSTEM HAS BRIGHT FUTURE 1. Modest environmental impacts

  5. November 21, 2000 PV Lesson Plan 2 Solar Electric Arrays

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    Oregon, University of

    rating of a photovoltaic module is typically quoted as the power output of the module when the incidentNovember 21, 2000 PV Lesson Plan 2 ­ Solar Electric Arrays Prepared for the Oregon Million Solar Roofs Coalition By Frank Vignola ­ University of Oregon Solar Radiation Monitoring Lab John Hocken

  6. Analyzing and simulating the variability of solar irradiance and solar PV powerplants

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    Lave, Matthew S.

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    dampen fluctuations in solar power output of the average ofa panel’s solar conversion efficiency, power output can beQuantifying PV power Output Variability, Solar Energy, 84 (

  7. A Wavelet-Based Variability Model (WVM) for Solar PV Power Plants

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    Lave, Matthew; Kleissl, Jan; Stein, Joshua S

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Model (WVM) for Solar PV Power Plants Matthew Lave, Jansolar photovoltaic (PV) power plant output given a singleproduce a simulated power plant output. The WVM is validated

  8. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector

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    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    rate paid at the utility’s “avoided cost. ” Results of theroughly to the utility’s avoided cost of energy. Details anda reasonable value for the avoided cost of residential PV

  9. Residential Solar Photovoltaics: Comparison of Financing Benefits, Innovations, and Options

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    Speer, B.

    2012-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This report examines relatively new, innovative financing methods for residential photovoltaics (PV) and compares them to traditional self-financing. It provides policymakers with an overview of the residential PV financing mechanisms, describes relative advantages and challenges, and analyzes differences between them where data is available. Because these innovative financing mechanisms have only been implemented in a few locations, this report can inform their wider adoption.

  10. High efficiency battery converter with SiC devices for residential PV Cam Pham, Remus Teodorescu, Tamas Kerekes and Laszlo Mathe

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    Teodorescu, Remus

    High efficiency battery converter with SiC devices for residential PV systems Cam Pham, Remus, where the generated energy price is relatively high. Smart PV systems with internal battery storage launched a financial support program for residential PV systems with battery storage [2]. Furthermore

  11. Snohomish County PUD No 1- Solar Express Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In March 2009, Snohomish County PUD introduced the Solar Express Program. This program provides rebates to support residential and commercial installations of solar photovoltaics (PV) and solar...

  12. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    adopted a program- the California Solar Initiative (CSI) -of the impact of the California Solar Initiative (CSI), andissues with rooftop solar PV in California are: 1) Utility

  13. Public Response to Residential Grid-Tied PV Systems in Colorado: A Qualitative Market Assessment

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    Farhar, B. C.; Buhrmann, J.

    1998-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The early adopters of residential grid-tied photovoltaics (PV) have complex motivations to pay today's costs, including altruistic, environmental, and financial reasons. Focused interviews were conducted with a self-selected purposive sample interested in purchasing 2-kW or 3-kW PV systems with an installed cost of $8,000 to $12,000. The sample tended to be men or married couples ranging in age from their early thirties to their mid-eighties; professionals, managers, or small business owners; relatively financially secure, with experience with energy efficiency and renewable energy. Product attributes they preferred were net metering, warranties, guarantees, utility financing, maintenance, an option to own or lease, a battery option, and an aesthetically pleasing system. Potential PV customers needed more information before making a purchase decision.

  14. Designing PV Incentive Programs to Promote Performance: A Review of Current Practice in the U.S.

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    Barbose, Galen; Wiser, Ryan; Bolinger, Mark

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Washington Renewable Energy Production Incentives Cash Backincentives for customer- sited PV: Non-Residential Renewable Energy (Renewable Energy Program SolarGenerations Solar Pioneer Program New York Energy $mart PV Incentive

  15. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    the DC electric energy from the solar panels or modules intosolar energy available is subject to change with irradiance, temperature, and aging of PV panelsrooftop solar panels. While the renewable energy PV

  16. Can Solar PV Rebates Be Funded with Utility Cost Savings? | Department...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Can Solar PV Rebates Be Funded with Utility Cost Savings? Can Solar PV Rebates Be Funded with Utility Cost Savings? This presentation was given by Jan Aceti of Concord Light at the...

  17. Performance of a multifunctional PV/T hybrid solar window

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    Davidsson, Henrik; Perers, Bengt; Karlsson, Bjoern [Energy and Building Design, Lund University, P.O. Box 118, SE 221 00 Lund (Sweden)

    2010-03-15T23:59:59.000Z

    A building-integrated multifunctional PV/T solar window has been developed and evaluated. It is constructed of PV cells laminated on solar absorbers placed in a window behind the glazing. To reduce the cost of the solar electricity, tiltable reflectors have been introduced in the construction to focus radiation onto the solar cells. The reflectors render the possibility of controlling the amount of radiation transmitted into the building. The insulated reflectors also reduce the thermal losses through the window. A model for simulation of the electric and hot water production was developed. The model can perform yearly energy simulations where different features such as shading of the cells or effects of the glazing can be included or excluded. The simulation can be run with the reflectors in an active, up right, position or in a passive, horizontal, position. The simulation program was calibrated against measurements on a prototype solar window placed in Lund in the south of Sweden and against a solar window built into a single family house, Solgaarden, in Aelvkarleoe in the central part of Sweden. The results from the simulation shows that the solar window annually produces about 35% more electric energy per unit cell area compared to a vertical flat PV module. (author)

  18. Pv-Thermal Solar Power Assembly

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Ansley, Jeffrey H. (El Cerrito, CA); Botkin, Jonathan D. (El Cerrito, CA); Dinwoodie, Thomas L. (Piedmont, CA)

    2001-10-02T23:59:59.000Z

    A flexible solar power assembly includes a flexible photovoltaic device attached to a flexible thermal solar collector. The solar power assembly can be rolled up for transport and then unrolled for installation on a surface, such as the roof or side wall of a building or other structure, by use of adhesive and/or other types of fasteners.

  19. INTEGRATION OF HELIOCLIM-1 DATABASE INTO PV-GIS TO ESTIMATE SOLAR ELECTRICITY POTENTIAL IN AFRICA

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    INTEGRATION OF HELIOCLIM-1 DATABASE INTO PV-GIS TO ESTIMATE SOLAR ELECTRICITY POTENTIAL IN AFRICA T, the proper configuration of a PV system depends on the knowledge of solar resource, which, although generally service. The PV-GIS approach makes it possible to enhance the spatial resolution of the solar radiation

  20. THE DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF SOLAR PV TECHNOLOGY IN THE OIL Jonatan Pinksea,b

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    THE DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALIZATION OF SOLAR PV TECHNOLOGY IN THE OIL INDUSTRY Jonatan Pinksea regarding solar PV technology investments, a renewable energy technology that has seen explosive growth towards the development and commercialization of solar PV technology. To investigate this, a multiple case

  1. Minnesota Power- Solar-Electric (PV) Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Minnesota Power offers a rebate of $1,000 per kilowatt (kW) DC for grid-connected solar-electric (PV) systems, with a maximum award of $20,000 per customer or 60% installed costs per customer. This...

  2. PV/thermal solar power assembly

    DOE Patents [OSTI]

    Ansley, Jeffrey H.; Botkin, Jonathan D.; Dinwoodie, Thomas L.

    2004-01-13T23:59:59.000Z

    A flexible solar power assembly (2) includes a flexible photovoltaic device (16) attached to a flexible thermal solar collector (4). The solar power assembly can be rolled up for transport and then unrolled for installation on a surface, such as the roof (20, 25) or side wall of a building or other structure, by use of adhesive and/or other types of fasteners (23).

  3. Financing Solar PV at Government Sites with PPAs and Public Debt...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Solar PV at Government Sites with PPAs and Public Debt Overview of financing solar photovoltaics at government sties with power purchase agreements and public debt. Author:...

  4. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    solar PV and distributed generation. UTILITY RATE DESIGN ANDutility concerns that a high penetration of inverter-based solar energy systems along with other distributed generation

  5. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    paper .pdf [148] Solar PV Carousel Trackers For Buildingtrackers may experience a capacity factor benefit of between 25-30% (Campbell 2010b) in high solar

  6. Novel Controls of Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Farms.

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    Rahman, Shah Arifur

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ??Solar Farms are absolutely idle in the night and even during daytime operate below capacity in early mornings and late afternoons. Thus, the entire expensive… (more)

  7. Integrating Solar PV in Utility System Operations

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    Mills, A.

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Laboratory National Renewable Energy Laboratory Universityof Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Solar EnergySystem Operations Table 27. Renewable Curtailment in the BR

  8. Potential of Securitization in Solar PV Finance

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    Lowder, T.; Mendelsohn, M.

    2013-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This report aims to demonstrate, hypothetically and at a high level, what volumes of solar deployment could be supported given solar industry access to the capital markets in the form of security issuance. Securitization is not anticipated to replace tax equity in the near- to mid-term, but it could provide an additional source of funds that would be comparatively inexpensive and could reduce the weighted average cost of capital for a given solar project or portfolio. Thus, the potential to securitize solar assets and seek financing in the capital markets could help to sustain the solar industry when the investment tax credit (ITC) -- one of the federal incentives that has leveraged billions of dollars of private capital in the solar industry -- drops from 30% to 10% at the close of 2016. The report offers analysis on the size of the U.S. third-party financed solar market, as well as on the volumes (in MW) of solar asset origination possible through a $100 million securitization fund (assuming no overcollateralization). It also provides data on the size of the relevant securities markets and how the solar asset class may fit into these markets.

  9. Prince George's County- Solar and Geothermal Residential Property Tax Credit

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In 2008 Prince George's County enacted legislation offering a property tax credit on residential structures equipped with solar and geothermal systems. As originally devised, the credit could only...

  10. Duquesne Light Company- Residential Solar Water Heating Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Duquesne Light provides rebates to its residential customers for purchasing and installing qualifying solar water heating systems. Eligible systems may receive a flat rebate of $286 per qualifying...

  11. City of Portland- Streamlined Building Permits for Residential Solar Systems

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS) developed an electronic permitting process for residential solar energy system installations. With this streamlined, expedited process,...

  12. Orlando Utilities Commission- Residential Solar Water Heater Rebate Program (Florida)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) offers residential electric customers a point-of-sale rebate of $1,000 for new solar water heating systems.

  13. Orlando Utilities Commission- Residential Solar Loan Program (Florida)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), in cooperation with the Orlando Federal Credit Union (OFCU), provides its customers with low-interest loans for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water...

  14. The Impact of Rate Design and Net Metering on the Bill Savings from Distributed PV for Residential Customers in California

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    Darghouth, Naim; Barbose, Galen; Wiser, Ryan

    2010-03-30T23:59:59.000Z

    Net metering has become a widespread policy in the U.S. for supporting distributed photovoltaics (PV) adoption. Though specific design details vary, net metering allows customers with PV to reduce their electric bills by offsetting their consumption with PV generation, independent of the timing of the generation relative to consumption - in effect, compensating the PV generation at retail electricity rates (Rose et al. 2009). While net metering has played an important role in jump-starting the residential PV market in the U.S., challenges to net metering policies have emerged in a number of states and contexts, and alternative compensation methods are under consideration. Moreover, one inherent feature of net metering is that the value of the utility bill savings it provides to customers with PV depends heavily on the structure of the underlying retail electricity rate, as well as on the characteristics of the customer and PV system. Consequently, the value of net metering - and the impact of moving to alternative compensation mechanisms - can vary substantially from one customer to the next. For these reasons, it is important for policymakers and others that seek to support the development of distributed PV to understand both how the bill savings varies under net metering, and how the bill savings under net metering compares to other possible compensation mechanisms. To advance this understanding, we analyze the bill savings from PV for residential customers of California's two largest electric utilities, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE). The analysis is based on hourly load data from a sample of 215 residential customers located in the service territories of the two utilities, matched with simulated hourly PV production for the same time period based on data from the nearest of 73 weather stations in the state.

  15. Residential solar-photovoltaic power systems: the need for battery storage

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    Mueller, R.O.; Cha, B.K.; Giese, R.F.; Maslowski, C.

    1980-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Benefits of battery storage used in conjunction with residential solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems were evaluated for a representative set of utility service areas. The PV systems were assumed capable of exporting excess power to the utility grid, and the batteries sited at the substation level were operated as a form of load-leveling utility storage. A cost-allocation model, SIMSTOR, was employed to determine utility fuel and capital cost savings resulting from the addition of batteries as a function of PV system penetration level. These benefits were compared with the savings of batteries used alone without introduction of the PV systems. Battery storage capacities and discharge rates were varied to determine the battery configurations that maximize net utility savings as a function of battery costs. Installed (rated) PV device capacities up to 20 percent of the generation peak load in each service area were considered. Findings indicate that batteries and PV systems are complementary rather than competing technologies, when attached to the electric supply grid. The utility benefits of the PV systems are primarily fuel savings, while those of the battery are primarily due to savings in utility capacity. The economic rationale for batteries does not change significantly as the penetration level for the PV systems increases. In some of the service areas, the addition of the PV systems tended to sharpen rather than flatten the peaks in the utility's load curves, with the magnitude of the effect becoming more pronounced at the higher PV system penetration levels. As a result of these load shape changes, batteries with higher discharge rates and larger storage capacities were favored.

  16. An investigation of preferences for product appearance : a case study of residential solar panels ; Case study of residential solar panels .

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    Bao, Qifang

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ??The importance of the styling and appearance of consumer products is widely understood. This paper evaluates the appearance of a technology-oriented product, the residential solar… (more)

  17. Merced Irrigation District- PV Buydown Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Merced Irrigation District (MID) offers its residential, commercial and non-profit customers a rebate for installing solar electric photovoltaic (PV) systems on their homes and offices. The rebate...

  18. EWEB- Solar Electric Program (Performance-Based Incentive)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Eugene Water and Electric Board's (EWEB) Solar Electric Program offers financial incentives for residential and commercial customers who generate electricity using solar photovoltaic (PV)...

  19. Waverly Light and Power- Residential Solar Thermal Rebates

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Waverly Light and Power (WL&P) offers rebates for solar hot water heating systems to its residential customers. All purchases must be pre-approved through WL&P's solar water heater...

  20. Modeling and Simulation of Solar PV Arrays under Changing Illumination Conditions

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    Lehman, Brad

    the amount of electric power that may be generated from the solar panel at time of use. To be specificModeling and Simulation of Solar PV Arrays under Changing Illumination Conditions Dzung D Nguyen shadows (a passing cloud) on the output power of solar PV arrays. Each solar array is composed of a matrix

  1. PV Solar Planet | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Office of InspectorConcentrating Solar Powerstories onFocusOski Energy LLC Place:Ferry County Jump

  2. Kauai, Hawaii: Solar Resource Analysis and High Penetration PV Potential

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    Helm, C.; Burman, K.

    2010-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Overview of the solar resource assessment conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in cooperation with Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) in Hawaii to determine the technical feasibility of increasing the contribution of solar renewable energy generation on the island of Kauaii through the use of photovoltaic (PV) arrays. The analysis, which was performed using a custom version of NREL's In My Back Yard (IMBY) software tool, showed that there is potential to generate enough energy to cover the peak load as reported for Kauai in 2007.

  3. Geothermal, Energy Efficiency, and Solar PV Opportunities at Nissan USE

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    Ford, R.; Ong, J.; Reeder, J.; Sridar, V.; Zhang, R.

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Geothermal, Energy Efficiency, and Solar PV Opportunities at Nissan USA May 21st, 2014 Robinson Ford Justin Ong Jake Reeder Vikram Sridar Rica Zhang ESL-IE-14-05-04 Proceedings of the Thrity-Sixth Industrial Energy Technology Conference New... Orleans, LA. May 20-23, 2014 Carbon Goal is Driving Innovation ESL-IE-14-05-04 Proceedings of the Thrity-Sixth Industrial Energy Technology Conference New Orleans, LA. May 20-23, 2014 Research Areas Geothermal Solar Photovoltaics EE Verification ESL...

  4. Long-Term Modeling of Solar Energy: Analysis of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and PV Technologies

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    Zhang, Yabei; Smith, Steven J.

    2007-08-16T23:59:59.000Z

    This report presents an overview of research conducted on solar energy technologies and their implementation in the ObjECTS framework. The topics covered include financing assumptions and selected issues related to the integration of concentrating thermal solar power (CSP) and photovoltaics PV technologies into the electric grid. A review of methodologies for calculating the levelized energy cost of capital-intensive technologies is presented, along with sensitivity tests illustrating how the cost of a solar plant would vary depending on financing assumptions. An analysis of the integration of a hybrid concentrating thermal solar power (CSP) system into the electric system is conducted. Finally a failure statistics analysis for PV plants illustrates the central role of solar irradiance uncertainty in determining PV grid integration characteristics.

  5. Junction Evolution During Fabrication of CdS/CdTe Thin-film PV Solar Cells (Presentation)

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    Gessert, T. A.

    2010-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Discussion of the formation of CdTe thin-film PV junctions and optimization of CdTe thin-film PV solar cells.

  6. Solar Survey of PV System Owners: San Diego

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The purpose of the survey was to understand the motivation, challenges and benefits perceived by individuals who decided to install solar systems in the City of San Diego. Approximately 2000 surveys were sent, and 641 surveys were completed. The primary response was from the residential sector. Individuals had the option to reply electronically, using Survey Monkey, or to complete a paper survey. All responses were combined and checked to ensure that there were no duplicates.

  7. 2008 European PV Conference, Valencia, Spain COMPARISON OF SOLAR RADIATION FORECASTS FOR THE USA

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    Perez, Richard R.

    2008 European PV Conference, Valencia, Spain COMPARISON OF SOLAR RADIATION FORECASTS FOR THE USA J models 1 INTRODUCTION Solar radiation and PV production forecasts are becoming increasingly important/) three teams of experts are benchmarking their solar radiation forecast against ground truth data

  8. Financing Solar PV at Government Sites with PPAs and Public Debt...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    state and local governmental agencies have employed one of two models to deploy solar photovoltaic (PV) projects: (1) self-ownership (financed through a variety of means)...

  9. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    FERC) and the National Electrical Regulatory Corporation (Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid By Steven Craig24  Electrical, Controls & 

  10. Distributed Solar PV for Electricity System Resiliency: Policy and Regulatory Considerations (Brochure)

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    Not Available

    2014-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Distributed Solar PV systems have the potential of increasing the grid's resiliency to unforeseen events, such as extreme weather events and attacks. This paper presents the role that distributed PV can play in electric grid resiliency, introduces basic system design requirements and options, and discusses the regulatory and policy options for supporting the use of distributed PV for the purpose of increased electricity resiliency.

  11. Solar Photovoltaic Economic Development: Building and Growing a Local PV Industry, August 2011 (Book)

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    Not Available

    2011-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The U.S. photovoltaic (PV) industry is forecast to grow, and it represents an opportunity for economic development and job creation in communities throughout the United States. This report helps U.S. cities evaluate economic opportunities in the PV industry. It serves as a guide for local economic development offices in evaluating their community?s competitiveness in the solar PV industry, assessing the viability of solar PV development goals, and developing strategies for recruiting and retaining PV companies to their areas.

  12. Lake Worth Utilities- Residential Solar Water Heating Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The City of Lake Worth Utilities (CLWU), in conjunction with Florida Municipal Power Agency, offers rebates to customers who purchase and install a solar water heating system for residential use. A...

  13. Entergy New Orleans- Residential Solar Water Heating Program (Louisiana)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Entergy New Orleans offers a Solar Water Heater Rebate pilot program designed to help residential customers make energy efficiency improvements. Rebates will be offered on a first-come, first...

  14. Questar Gas- Residential Solar Assisted Water Heating Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Questar gas provides incentives for residential customers to purchase and install solar water heating systems on their homes. Rebates of $750 per system are provided to customers of Questar who...

  15. Texas Gas Service- Residential Solar Water Heating Rebate Program (Texas)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Texas Gas Service offers a flat rebate of $750 for its residential customers within the Austin and Sunset Valley city limits for the installation and purchase of a new solar water heater with...

  16. Questar Gas- Residential Solar Assisted Water Heating Rebate Program (Idaho)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Questar gas provides incentives for residential customers to purchase and install solar water heating systems on their homes. Rebates of $750 per system are provided to customers of Questar who...

  17. Clallam County PUD- Residential and Small Business Solar Loan Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In conjunction with First Federal Savings and Loan, Clallam County PUD offers residential and small commercial customers a low-interest loan program for the purchase of solar photovoltaic systems....

  18. New Braunfels Utilities- Residential Solar Water Heater Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    New Braunfels Utilities offers a rebate for residential customers who purchase and install solar water heating systems on eligible homes. A rebate of the equivalent of $0.265 per kWh is available...

  19. Oncor Electric Delivery- Solar Photovoltaic Standard Offer Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The 2013 Oncor Solar Photovoltaic Standard Offer Program Guidelines are now [https://www.oncoreepm.com/SolarPV.aspx available]. The application period for both the residential and non-residential...

  20. Solar Energy and Residential Building Integration Technology and Application

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    Ding Ma; Yi-bing Xue

    Building energy saving needs solar energy, but the promotion of solar energy has to be integrated with the constructions. Through analyzing the energy-saving significance of solar energy, and the status and features of it, this paper has discussed the solar energy and building integration technology and application in the residential building, and explored a new way and thinking for the close combination of the solar technology and residence.

  1. Piedmont EMC- Residential Solar Loan Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation's (PEMC) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Loan Program is available to eligible consumers to finance the purchase and installation of photovoltaic (PV...

  2. SOLAR ENERGY (conditionally accepted 1/2010) QUANTIFYING PV POWER OUTPUT VARIABILITY

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    Perez, Richard R.

    SOLAR ENERGY (conditionally accepted 1/2010) QUANTIFYING PV POWER OUTPUT VARIABILITY Thomas E create major problems that will require major mitigation efforts. #12;SOLAR ENERGY (conditionally industry believe it could constrain the penetration of gridconnected PV. The U.S. Department of Energy

  3. Features of a fully renewable US electricity system: Optimized mixes of wind and solar PV and transmission grid extensions

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    Jacobson, Mark

    in order to follow the de- mand, wind and solar PV power output is largely determined by weather conditions Large-scale integration of renewable power generation Wind power generation Solar PV power generation Power transmission a b s t r a c t A future energy system is likely to rely heavily on wind and solar PV

  4. Solar Energy International Solar PV 101 Training | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Delicious Rank EERE:YearRound-Up from the GridwiseSite Management GuideReliability |WindowsSolar Energy

  5. New Ulm Public Utilities- Solar Electric Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    New Ulm Public Utilities provides solar photovoltaic (PV) rebates for residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Rebates are for $1 per nameplate watt, and customers must sign a net...

  6. Clark County- Solar and Wind Building Permit Guides

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Clark County, Nevada has established guides for obtaining building permits for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for both residential and commercial purposes. The guides outline applicable...

  7. Sandia National Laboratories: PV Value®

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    and PV industry sales staff. For appraisers, the inputs specific to PV in the Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum can be used as inputs to PV Value. Valuing a PV...

  8. EWEB- Residential Solar Water Heating Loan Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) offers residential customers a loan and cash discount program called, "The Bright Way To Heat Water." The program is designed to promote the installation of...

  9. The Impact of Rate Design and Net Metering on the Bill Savings from Distributed PV for Residential Customers in California

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    Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley; Darghouth, Naim R.; Barbose, Galen; Wiser, Ryan

    2011-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Net metering has become a widespread mechanism in the U.S. for supporting customer adoption of distributed photovoltaics (PV), but has faced challenges as PV installations grow to a larger share of generation in a number of states. This paper examines the value of the bill savings that customers receive under net metering, and the associated role of retail rate design, based on a sample of approximately two hundred residential customers of California's two largest electric utilities. We find that the bill savings per kWh of PV electricity generated varies by more than a factor of four across the customers in the sample, which is largely attributable to the inclining block structure of the utilities' residential retail rates. We also compare the bill savings under net metering to that received under three potential alternative compensation mechanisms, based on California's Market Price Referent (MPR). We find that net metering provides significantly greater bill savings than a full MPR-based feed-in tariff, but only modestly greater savings than alternative mechanisms under which hourly or monthly net excess generation is compensated at the MPR rate.

  10. ePOWER Seminar AC solar cells: A new breed of PV power generation

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    Abolmaesumi, Purang

    ePOWER Seminar AC solar cells: A new breed of PV power generation Professor Faisal Khan Assistant dc output which needs to be processed and inverted for ac applications. Using a modern manufacturing facility, PV panels could be mass produced without any apparent issues. Unfortunately, power converters

  11. Solar energy and multi-storey residential buildings Larry Hughes and Tylor Wood

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    Hughes, Larry

    ERG/200702 Solar energy and multi-storey residential buildings Larry Hughes and Tylor Wood Energy.hughes@dal.ca 26 March 2007 #12;Hughes and Wood: Solar energy and multi-storey residential buildings 1 Summary This report considers the limitations on solar energy in new, multi-storey residential buildings. In a time

  12. New Hampshire Electric Co-Op- Residential Solar Photovoltaic Incentive Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) is offering rebates for residential, grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) systems up to one megawatt (MW) in capacity. The rebate is equal to 20% of the installed cost of...

  13. U.S. Residential Photovoltaic (PV) System Prices, Q4 2013 Benchmarks: Cash Purchase, Fair Market Value, and Prepaid Lease Transaction Prices

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    Davidson, C.; James, T. L.; Margolis, R.; Fu, R.; Feldman, D.

    2014-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The price of photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States (i.e., the cost to the system owner) has dropped precipitously in recent years, led by substantial reductions in global PV module prices. This report provides a Q4 2013 update for residential PV systems, based on an objective methodology that closely approximates the book value of a PV system. Several cases are benchmarked to represent common variation in business models, labor rates, and module choice. We estimate a weighted-average cash purchase price of $3.29/W for modeled standard-efficiency, polycrystalline-silicon residential PV systems installed in the United States. This is a 46% decline from the 2013-dollar-adjusted price reported in the Q4 2010 benchmark report. In addition, this report frames the cash purchase price in the context of key price metrics relevant to the continually evolving landscape of third-party-owned PV systems by benchmarking the minimum sustainable lease price and the fair market value of residential PV systems.

  14. PV Ramping in a Distributed Generation Environment: A Study Using Solar Measurements; Preprint

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    Sengupta, M.; Keller, J.

    2012-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Variability in Photovoltaic (PV) generation resulting from variability in the solar radiation over the PV arrays is a topic of continuing concern for those involved with integrating renewables onto existing electrical grids. The island of Lanai, Hawaii is an extreme example of the challenges that integrators will face due to the fact that it is a small standalone grid. One way to study this problem is to take high-resolution solar measurements in multiple locations and model simultaneous PV production for various sizes at those locations. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) collected high-resolution solar data at four locations on the island where proposed PV plants will be deployed in the near future. This data set provides unique insight into how the solar radiation may vary between points that are proximal in distance, but diverse in weather, due to the formation of orographic clouds in the center of the island. Using information about each proposed PV plant size, power output was created at high resolution. The team analyzed this output to understand power production ramps at individual locations and the effects of aggregating the production from all four locations. Hawaii is a unique environment, with extremely variable events occurring on a daily basis. This study provided an excellent opportunity for understanding potential worst-case scenarios for PV ramping. This paper provides an introduction to the datasets that NREL collected over a year and a comprehensive analysis of PV variability in a distributed generation scenario.

  15. Planning for PV: The Value and Cost of Solar Electricity (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This is a brochure developed specifically for residential home builders. It provides information on basic financial factors and additional resources to consider when incorporating solar technologies into building plans.

  16. Denton Municipal Electric- GreenSense Solar Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Denton Municipal Electric offers rebates to its electric customers for the installation of solar PV and solar water heating systems. The solar rebates are designed for residential and small...

  17. Hybrid photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) solar systems simulation with Simulink/Matlab

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    da Silva, R.M.; Fernandes, J.L.M. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon (Portugal)

    2010-12-15T23:59:59.000Z

    The purpose of this work consists in thermodynamic modeling of hybrid photovoltaic-thermal (PV/T) solar systems, pursuing a modular strategy approach provided by Simulink/Matlab. PV/T solar systems are a recently emerging solar technology that allows for the simultaneous conversion of solar energy into both electricity and heat. This type of technology present some interesting advantages over the conventional ''side-by-side'' thermal and PV solar systems, such as higher combined electrical/thermal energy outputs per unit area, and a more uniform and aesthetical pleasant roof area. Despite the fact that early research on PV/T systems can be traced back to the seventies, only recently it has gained a renewed impetus. In this work, parametric studies and annual transient simulations of PV/T systems are undertaken in Simulink/Matlab. The obtained results show an average annual solar fraction of 67%, and a global overall efficiency of 24% (i.e. 15% thermal and 9% electrical), for a typical four-person single-family residence in Lisbon, with p-Si cells, and a collector area of 6 m{sup 2}. A sensitivity analysis performed on the PV/T collector suggests that the most important variable that should be addressed to improve thermal performance is the photovoltaic (PV) module emittance. Based on those results, some additional improvements are proposed, such as the use of vacuum, or a noble gas at low-pressure, to allow for the removal of PV cells encapsulation without air oxidation and degradation, and thus reducing the PV module emittance. Preliminary results show that this option allows for an 8% increase on optical thermal efficiency, and a substantial reduction of thermal losses, suggesting the possibility of working at higher fluid temperatures. The higher working temperatures negative effect in electrical efficiency was negligible, due to compensation by improved optical properties. The simulation results are compared with experimental data obtained from other authors and perform reasonably well. The Simulink modeling platform has been mainly used worldwide on simulation of control systems, digital signal processing and electric circuits, but there are very few examples of application to solar energy systems modeling. This work uses the modular environment of Simulink/Matlab to model individual PV/T system components, and to assemble the entire installation layout. The results show that the modular approach strategy provided by Matlab/Simulink environment is applicable to solar systems modeling, providing good code scalability, faster developing time, and simpler integration with external computational tools, when compared with traditional imperative-oriented programming languages. (author)

  18. Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Residential Solar and Wind Electricity Sales (Maryland)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In May 2011 Maryland enacted legislation providing a sales and use tax exemption for sales of electricity from qualifying solar energy and residential wind energy equipment to residential customers...

  19. Solar Photovoltaic Financing: Residential Sector Deployment | Department of

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Delicious RankCombustion |Energy Usage » SearchEnergyDepartmentScoping Study |4 SolarPV Incentive Programs

  20. Novel Control of PV Solar and Wind Farm Inverters as STATCOM for Increasing Connectivity of Distributed Generators.

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    AC, Mahendra

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ??The integration of distributed generators (DGs) such as wind farms and PV solar farms in distribution networks is getting severely constrained due to problems of… (more)

  1. The following contribution was presented at the 28. European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

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    in photovoltaic (PV) modules [1, 2]. This cell cracking may reduce the reliability of the solar modules [3, 4 and Exhibition in Paris, France. 30.9.2013 - 4.10.2013 #12;28th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference

  2. The following contribution was presented at the 28. European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    and monocrystalline and is mechanically thick due to a polycrystalline Si carrier deposited from the gas phase-Si solar cells on the module level in, so- called (v) thin-film/wafer-hybrid technologies is an attractiveThe following contribution was presented at the 28. European PV Solar Energy Conference

  3. Shaking Up the Residential PV Market: Implications of Recent Changes to the ITC

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    Bolinger, Mark

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    or a PBI (e.g. , the California Solar Initiative) may seeadministers the other California Solar Initiative programs,at Solar Power International, San Diego, California, October

  4. Guam- Solar-Ready Residential Building Requirement

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Note: Guam is in the process of adopting a [www.guamenergy.com/outreach-education/guam-tropical-energy-code/ tropical energy code]. As a result, the solar ready provisions described below may...

  5. Electricity Rate Structures and the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Use Rates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies?

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2007-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    is the “soiling” e?ect: dirty solar panels absorb less solarinstalling solar photovoltaic panels at their homes orStudies of solar PV production over a panel’s lifetime

  6. Consumers Power, Inc.- Solar Energy System Rebate

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Consumers Power, Inc. (CPI) offers rebates to its residential customers who install solar water heating systems or solar photovoltaic (PV) systems from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. The...

  7. Passive solar residential design within a traditional and regional context

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    Pfeiffer, P.L.

    1987-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This paper demonstrates how energy-efficient design can embody local symbolism and regionalism. A passive solar residence can be cost-effective, operate extremely efficiently, and conform to traditional residential aesthetics. The subject structure is a five-bedroom, 2600-ft/sup 2/ (240-m/sup 2/) residence located in the temperate climate of the mid-Atlantic states. It was constructed in 1984 and has been occupied for two years. The author presents actual energy consumption data and discusses passive solar design strategies.

  8. Optimal Design and Management of a Smart Residential PV and Energy Storage System

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    Pedram, Massoud

    electric energy prices during peak hours. Given this pricing scheme, one way for residential users to lower and uses the stored energy during peak hours. As a result, energy is bought at a lower price during off-peak hours, stored, and consumed during peak hours to avoid paying higher energy prices during those hours

  9. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: RETHINKING STANDBY & FIXED COST CHARGES REGULATORY & RATE DESIGN PATHWAYS TO DEEPER SOLAR PV COST

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    to be recovered through variable, volume-based charges per kilowatt-hour (kWh). At the same time, however, someEXECUTIVE SUMMARY: RETHINKING STANDBY & FIXED COST CHARGES REGULATORY & RATE DESIGN PATHWAYS TO DEEPER SOLAR PV COST REDUCTIONS The Current Terrain In recent years, electric utilities have experienced

  10. City of Knoxville, Tennessee City Council Resolution for solar PV system

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

    This document is a scan of the resolution, dated July 26, 2011, for the approval of the City of Knoxville, Tennessee to use $250,000 of EECBG funding for finding innovative financing mechanisms for a planned installation of a 90-kW solar PV system.

  11. EE580 Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser

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    Kaiser, Todd J.

    7/21/2010 1 EE580 ­ Solar Cells Todd J. Kaiser · Lecture 09 · Photovoltaic Systems 1Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 9: PV Systems Several types of operating modes · Centralized power plant or wanted Montana State University: Solar Cells Lecture 9: PV Systems 2 Residential Side Mounted Montana

  12. Features of a fully renewable US electricity system: Optimized mixes of wind and solar PV and transmission grid extensions

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    Becker, Sarah; Andresen, Gorm B; Zeyer, Timo; Schramm, Stefan; Greiner, Martin; Jacobson, Mark Z

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Wind and solar PV generation data for the entire contiguous US are calculated, on the basis of 32 years of weather data with temporal resolution of one hour and spatial resolution of 40x40km$^2$, assuming site-suitability-based as well as stochastic wind and solar PV capacity distributions throughout the country. These data are used to investigate a fully renewable electricity system, resting primarily upon wind and solar PV power. We find that the seasonal optimal mix of wind and solar PV comes at around 80% solar PV share, owing to the US summer load peak. By picking this mix, long-term storage requirements can be more than halved compared to a wind only mix. The daily optimal mix lies at about 80% wind share due to the nightly gap in solar PV production. Picking this mix instead of solar only reduces backup energy needs by about 50%. Furthermore, we calculate shifts in FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)-level LCOE (Levelized Costs Of Electricity) for wind and solar PV due to their differing resour...

  13. Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities

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    Levinson, Ronnen; Akbari, Hashem; Pomerantz, Melvin

    2010-05-14T23:59:59.000Z

    Shadows cast by trees and buildings can limit the solar access of rooftop solar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and thermal collectors. This study characterizes residential rooftop shading in Sacramento, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego, CA. Our analysis can be used to better estimate power production and/or thermal collection by rooftop solar-energy equipment. It can also be considered when designing programs to plant shade trees. High-resolution orthophotos and LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) measurements of surface height were used to create a digital elevation model of all trees and buildings in a well-treed 2.5-4 km{sup 2} residential neighborhood. On-hour shading of roofing planes (the flat elements of roofs) was computed geometrically from the digital elevation model. Values in future years were determined by repeating these calculations after simulating tree growth. Parcel boundaries were used to determine the extent to which roofing planes were shaded by trees and buildings in neighboring parcels. For the subset of S+SW+W-facing planes on which solar equipment is commonly installed for maximum solar access, absolute light loss in spring, summer and fall peaked about two to four hours after sunrise and about two to four hours before sunset. The fraction of annual insolation lost to shading increased from 0.07-0.08 in the year of surface-height measurement to 0.11-0.14 after 30 years of tree growth. Only about 10% of this loss results from shading by trees and buildings in neighboring parcels.

  14. Can Solar PV Rebates Be Funded with Utility Cost Savings?

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    Costs 10 Years into Future is Hard Determining Actual Demand Reduction due to Solar at MonthlyAnnual Peaks Requires Long Term Data Collection Wholesale Net...

  15. Loan Guarantees for Three California PV Solar Plants Expected...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    across the country. Combined, the projects will produce 1330 Megawatts of installed solar power -- enough electricity to power about 275,000 homes. Building on the momentum of...

  16. Distributed and Decentralized Control of Residential Energy Systems Incorporating Battery Storage

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    Knobloch,JĂĽrgen

    is increasingly being considered by utilities seeking to reinforce distribution networks and shave peak demand consists of solar PV generation, battery storage and an inelastic energy load. Each RES is connected--The recent rapid uptake of residential solar photo- voltaic (PV) installations provides many challenges

  17. DYNAMIC MODELING RESIDENTIAL DATA AND APPLICATION

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    Mease, Kenneth D.

    was determined between electrolyzer H2 energy production and solar irradiance Yearly residential energy needs well as a replacement for rechargeable lead acid batteries when integrated with solar photovoltaic (PV in other applications such as cooking, heating, and transportation. One of the inherent advantages

  18. Cobb EMC- Solar Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Beginning in February 2008, Cobb Energy Management Corporation (EMC) offers rebates for residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Cobb EMC is offering members $450 per kilowatt-AC (kW-AC)...

  19. Making Photovoltaics competitive in the US: A comparison of residential PV prices in

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    Kammen, Daniel M.

    of Public Policy University of California, Berkeley July 2nd 2012 Energy Federation: Robert Brandt German Solar Industry Association: Marco Tepper Eu .......................................................................................................................... 6 1.2 Capacity Development

  20. U.S. Residential Photovoltaic (PV) System Prices, Q4 2013 Benchmarks...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    by the top 10 installers in terms of installed capacity, based on data from the California Solar Initiative (CSI 2013). Focusing our analysis on large installers represents a...

  1. Distributed Control of Residential Energy Systems using a Market Maker

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Knobloch,JĂĽrgen

    , in particular reverse power flow during daytime periods of peak generation coupled with low residential load distribution networks and shave peak demand without large-scale capital costs for feeder replacement.weller}@newcastle.edu.au) Abstract: The recent rapid uptake of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations provides many

  2. Analyzing and simulating the variability of solar irradiance and solar PV powerplants

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lave, Matthew S.

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    distributed generation (residential rooftop) plant in Ota City, Japan, and the Copper Mountain 48MW p utility

  3. The Potential of Securitization in Solar PV Finance

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    editorial guidance. The authors would also like to express their gratitude to Brian Danielewicz of U.S. Renewables Group, Albert Luu of SolarCity, and Mary Rottman of...

  4. Solar For Schools: A Case Study in Identifying and Implementing Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Projects in Three California School Districts: Preprint

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Kandt, A.

    2011-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar America Showcase program seeks to accelerate demand for solar technologies among key end use market sectors. As part of this activity the DOE provides Technical Assistance through its national laboratories to large-scale, high-visibility solar installation projects. The Solar Schools Assessment and Implementation Project (SSAIP) in the San Francisco Bay area was selected for a 2009 DOE Solar American Showcase award. SSAIP was formed through the efforts of the nonprofit Sequoia Foundation and includes three school districts: Berkeley, West Contra Costa, and Oakland Unified School Districts. This paper summarizes the technical assistance efforts that resulted from this technical assistance support. It serves as a case study and reference document detailing the steps and processes that could be used to successfully identify, fund, and implement solar PV projects in school districts across the country.

  5. Yolo County, California, made history in July when officials installed a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project to supply power

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Yolo County, California, made history in July when officials installed a 1 MW solar photovoltaic both buildings in Woodland, California, for the 1 MW ground-mounted solar PV system. Energy Analysis by examining the feasibility of installing a solar system, according to information provided by Ray Groom

  6. A Wavelet-Based Variability Model (WVM) for Solar PV Power Plants

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lave, Matthew; Kleissl, Jan; Stein, Joshua S

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    power fluctuations: the pv plant as a low pass filter,"point sensor to the entire PV plant at each timescale isWVM Inputs WVM Outputs PV Plant Footprint Density of PV

  7. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    in the design of larger PV plants. Chapter 2 will discussEdison central station PV plant at Hesperia, California,PV components. When a PV plant or installation is proposed

  8. Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Levinson, Ronnen

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    H. Akbari. Shade trees reduce building energy use and CO 2uence of tree shading on residential energy use for heatingestimates of tree-shade e?ects on residential energy use.

  9. FirstEnergy (West Penn Power)- Residential Solar Water Heating Program (Pennsylvania)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    West Penn Power, a First Energy utility, provides rebates to residential customers for purchasing and installing qualifying solar water heating systems. Eligible systems may receive a rebate of up...

  10. An investigation of preferences for product appearance : a case study of residential solar panels

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Bao, Qifang

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The importance of the styling and appearance of consumer products is widely understood. This paper evaluates the appearance of a technology-oriented product, the residential solar panel, using a quantitative approach known ...

  11. Solar heating and cooling of residential buildings: sizing, installation and operation of systems. 1980 edition

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    None

    1980-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This manual was prepared as a text for a training course on solar heating and cooling of residential buildings. The course and text are directed toward sizing, installation, operation, and maintenance of solar systems for space heating and hot water supply, and solar cooling is treated only briefly. (MHR)

  12. Existing and potential market for residential solar energy use in California

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Rains, D.

    1980-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Research findings are reported on a four-part solar market survey program which identified barriers for residential solar energy use in California. The approach and the framework for analysis are described for the survey program. Summaries and discussions are presented on survey data from solar retrofitters; new construction solar home market and buyers; focus groups of non-solar homeowners; and a statewide survey. (MCW)

  13. Analyzing and simulating the variability of solar irradiance and solar PV powerplants

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lave, Matthew S.

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    tracking solar panel. 44and azimuth angles for solar panels were calculated for aannual azimuth for a solar panel, and can be combined with

  14. Analyzing and simulating the variability of solar irradiance and solar PV powerplants

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lave, Matthew S.

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of Tracking for Capturing Solar Radiation in the ContinentalTime Scales of the Surface Solar Radiation Field, Journal ofof Tracking for Capturing Solar Radiation in the Continental

  15. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    40 Figure 3.2. Levelized Cost of Energyof Water and Power Levelized cost of energy Load-servingabove the expected levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for PV-

  16. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    given that distributed PV substitutes for utility generationdistributed generation systems. NEM measures the difference between the electricity a homeowner buys from a utility

  17. Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the Residential Sector: An Analysis of Installed Rooftop System Prices

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    James, T.; Goodrich, A.; Woodhouse, M.; Margolis, R.; Ong, S.

    2011-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

    For more than 30 years, there have been strong efforts to accelerate the deployment of solar-electric systems by developing photovoltaic (PV) products that are fully integrated with building materials. This report examines the status of building-integrated PV (BIPV), with a focus on the cost drivers of residential rooftop systems, and explores key opportunities and challenges in the marketplace.

  18. Financing Non-Residential Photovoltaic Projects: Options and Implications

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Bolinger, Mark

    2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of panel titled “Financing Residential and Small CommercialL ABORATORY Financing Non-Residential Photovoltaic Projects:1 2. Policy Support for Non-Residential PV

  19. Photovoltaic Performance and Reliability Database: A Gateway to Experimental Data Monitoring Projects for PV at the Florida Solar Energy Center

    DOE Data Explorer [Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)]

    This site is the gateway to experimental data monitoring projects for photovoltaic (PV) at the Florida Solar Energy Center. The website and the database were designed to facilitate and standardize the processes for archiving, analyzing and accessing data collected from dozens of operational PV systems and test facilities monitored by FSEC's Photovoltaics and Distributed Generation Division. [copied from http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/research/photovoltaics/data_monitoring/index.htm

  20. Sandia National Laboratories: PV Facilities

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    manufacturing consultation complete performance characterization of PV cells and photo sensors calibration of PV reference cells, reference modules, and solar instruments...

  1. Walton EMC- Residential Solar Water Heating Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Walton Electric Membership Corporation (WEMC) is an electric cooperative that serves 100,000 customers in ten northeastern Georgia counties. WEMC provides a number of incentives to residential...

  2. Analyzing and simulating the variability of solar irradiance and solar PV powerplants

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lave, Matthew S.

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of minute solar radiation data, Solar Energy, 55 (1995) 21-0.1? National Solar Radiation Data Base (NSRDB-SUNY) cellsa month of 1 minute radiation data from 11 sites over 75 x

  3. Analyzing and simulating the variability of solar irradiance and solar PV powerplants

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lave, Matthew S.

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Term Variability of Solar Power. , 2010. [20] A. Mills, M.Term Variability of Solar Power. , 2010. [7] R. Perez, S.Term Variability of Solar Power, LBNL Report No. 3884E, (

  4. Impact of SolarSmart Subdivisions on SMUD's Distribution System

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    McNutt, P.; Hambrick, J.; Keesee, M.; Brown, D.

    2009-07-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This study analyzes the distribution impacts of high penetrations of grid-integrated renewable energy systems, specifically photovoltaic (PV) equipped SolarSmart Homes found in the Anatolia III Residential Community.

  5. Implementing Solar PV Projects on Historic Buildings and in Historic Districts

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Kandt, A.; Hotchkiss, E.; Walker, A.; Buddenborg, J; Lindberg, J.

    2011-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Many municipalities, particularly in older communities of the United States, have a large amount of historic buildings and districts. In addition to preserving these historic assets, many municipalities have goals or legislative requirements to procure a certain amount of energy from renewable sources and to become more efficient in their energy use; often, these requirements do not exempt historic buildings. This paper details findings from a workshop held in Denver, Colorado, in June 2010 that brought together stakeholders from both the solar and historic preservation industries. Based on these findings, this paper identifies challenges and recommends solutions for developing solar photovoltaic (PV) projects on historic buildings and in historic districts in such a way as to not affect the characteristics that make a building eligible for historic status.

  6. Financing Solar PV at Government Sites with PPAs and Public Debt (Brochure)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2011-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Historically, state and local governmental agencies have employed one of two models to deploy solar photovoltaic (PV) projects: (1) self-ownership (financed through a variety of means) or (2) third-party ownership through a power purchase agreement (PPA). Morris County, New Jersey, administrators recently pioneered a way to combine many of the benefits of self-ownership and third-party PPAs through a bond-PPA hybrid, frequently referred to as the Morris Model. At the request of the Department of Energy?s Solar Market Transformation group, NREL examined the hybrid model. This fact sheet describes how the hybrid model works, assesses the model?s relative advantages and challenges as compared to self-ownership and the third-party PPA model, provides a quick guide to project implementation, and assesses the replicability of the model in other jurisdictions across the United States.

  7. Financing Solar PV at Government Sites with PPAs and Public Debt (Brochure)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Not Available

    2011-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Historically, state and local governmental agencies have employed one of two models to deploy solar photovoltaic (PV) projects: (1) self-ownership (financed through a variety of means) or (2) third-party ownership through a power purchase agreement (PPA). Morris County, New Jersey, administrators recently pioneered a way to combine many of the benefits of self-ownership and third-party PPAs through a bond-PPA hybrid, frequently referred to as the Morris Model. At the request of the Department of Energy's Solar Market Transformation group, NREL examined the hybrid model. This fact sheet describes how the hybrid model works, assesses the model's relative advantages and challenges as compared to self-ownership and the third-party PPA model, provides a quick guide to project implementation, and assesses the replicability of the model in other jurisdictions across the United States.

  8. Burbank Water and Power- Residential and Commercial Solar Support Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    '''''Burbank Water and Power (BWP) accepted applications for photovoltaic (PV) rebates throughout July 2013. Winners were determined through a lottery on August 12, 2013. Only systems under 30 kW...

  9. Feasibility Study of Economics and Performance of Solar PV at the Atlas Industrial Park in Duluth, Minnesota

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Steen, M.; Lisell, L.; Mosey, G.

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5, in accordance with the RE-Powering America's Land initiative, selected the Atlas Industrial Park in Duluth, Minnesota, for a feasibility study of renewable energy production. The EPA provided funding to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support a feasibility study of solar renewable energy generation at the Atlas Industrial Park. NREL provided technical assistance for this project but did not assess environmental conditions at the site beyond those related to the performance of a photovoltaic (PV) system. The purpose of this study is to assess the site for a possible PV installation and estimate the cost, performance, and site impacts of different PV configurations. In addition, the study evaluates financing options that could assist in the implementation of a PV system at the site.

  10. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    discussion. CEC & CPUC, Go Solar California: What Is The Newcan be found at Go Solar California, Download Current CSIAND FUNDING FOR THE CALIFORNIA SOLAR INITIATIVE. San

  11. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Process in the Adoption of Solar Energy Systems." Journal ofthe diffusion of innovation: Solar energy technology in Sri2010. Washington, DC, Solar Energy Industries Association:

  12. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    10 1.5. The Coordination of Solar and Energyintegration of solar and energy efficiency. Currentlytension between solar and energy efficiency remains much

  13. Presentation Slides: Solar Finance for Residential and Commercial Customers and Potential Roles of State and Local Government

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This webinar provides an overview of how residential and commercial solar projects are financed and the various roles that state and local governments can play to support the deployment of solar within their jurisdictions.

  14. Richland Energy Services- Residential Energy Conservation and Solar Loan Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The City of Richland provides low-interest loans to encourageit residential customers to pursue equipment upgrades and home improvement measures that will increase the energy efficiency of their...

  15. The Impact of Rate Design and Net Metering on the Bill Savings from Distributed PV for Residential Customers in California

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Darghouth, Naim

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The Solar Alliance, The California Solar Energy IndustriesRates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies?solar and other renewable generation projects smaller A recent law passed in California,

  16. Solar Deployment System (SolarDS) Model: Documentation and Sample Results

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Denholm, P.; Drury, E.; Margolis, R.

    2009-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The Solar Deployment System (SolarDS) model is a bottom-up, market penetration model that simulates the potential adoption of photovoltaics (PV) on residential and commercial rooftops in the continental United States through 2030. NREL developed SolarDS to examine the market competitiveness of PV based on regional solar resources, capital costs, electricity prices, utility rate structures, and federal and local incentives. The model uses the projected financial performance of PV systems to simulate PV adoption for building types and regions then aggregates adoption to state and national levels. The main components of SolarDS include a PV performance simulator, a PV annual revenue calculator, a PV financial performance calculator, a PV market share calculator, and a regional aggregator. The model simulates a variety of installed PV capacity for a range of user-specified input parameters. PV market penetration levels from 15 to 193 GW by 2030 were simulated in preliminary model runs. SolarDS results are primarily driven by three model assumptions: (1) future PV cost reductions, (2) the maximum PV market share assumed for systems with given financial performance, and (3) PV financing parameters and policy-driven assumptions, such as the possible future cost of carbon emissions.

  17. Results of I-V Curves and Visual Inspection of PV Modules Deployed at TEP Solar Test Yard (Poster)

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    McNutt, P.; Wohlgemuth, J.; Miller, D.; Stoltenberg, B.

    2014-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The purpose of the PV Service Life Prediction project is to examine and report on how solar modules are holding up after being in the field for 5 or more years. This poster presents the common problems crystalline-silicon and thin-film modules exhibit, including details of modules from three manufactures that were tested January 13-16, 2014.

  18. Analyzing and simulating the variability of solar irradiance and solar PV powerplants

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lave, Matthew S.

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    in spatially dispersed wind turbine systems, Solar energy. ,Smoothing effects of distributed wind turbines. Part 2.power output of distant wind turbines, Wind Energy, 7 (2004)

  19. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    year (TMY) solar radiation data. The goal here is toTMY or actual solar radiation data, and thus serves theusing actual solar radiation data, though this data must be

  20. Solar heating and cooling of housing : five institutional analysis case studies

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Nutt-Powell, Thomas E.

    1979-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This paper is one of a series resulting from institutional analysis of photovoltaic (PV) acceptance. The case studies reported here involve use of solar thermal technologies in variuos residential settings. All of the ...

  1. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    with the growth of wind power and PV. TenneT is one ofApril 2011 has shown that wind power alone would extend thethe actual combination of wind power and PV has doubled the

  2. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    PV on WWT plant ponds can be a valuable energy efficiencyPV application for Waste Water Treatment (WWT) plants and its potential role in meeting California’s RPS and energy efficiency

  3. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    increasing levels of renewable energy production will resultpanels. While the renewable energy PV production that is on

  4. Solar access of residential rooftops in four California cities

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Levinson, Ronnen

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    solar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels andsolar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and

  5. Benefits of the International Residential Code's Maximum Solar heat Gain Coefficient Requirement for Windows

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Stone, G. A.; DeVito, E. M.; Nease, N. H.

    2002-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Texas adopted in its residential building energy code a maximum 0.40 solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) for fenestration (e.g., windows, glazed doors and skylights)-a critical driver of cooling energy use, comfort and peak demand. An analysis...

  6. FPGA Based Sinusoidal Pulse Width Modulated Waveform Generation for Solar (PV) Rural Home Power Inverter

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Singh, S N

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    With the increasing concern about global environmental protection and energy demand due to rapid growth of population in developing countries and the diminishing trend of resources of conventional grid supply, the need to produce freely available pollution free natural energy such as solar/wind energy has been drawing increasing interest in every corner of the world. In an effort to utilize these energies effectively through Power converter, a great deal of research is being carried out by different researchers / scientist and engineers at different places in the world to meet the increasing demand of load. The study presents methodology to integrate solar (PV) energy (which is freely available in every corner of the world) with grid source and supplement the existing grid power in rural houses during its cut off or restricted supply period. In order to get consistency in supply a DG is also added as a standby source in the proposed integration of network. The software using novel Direct PWM modulation strate...

  7. Electric District No. 3- Solar Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Electric District No. 3 of Pinal County (ED3) provides incentives for their residential and business customers to invest in photovoltaics (PV). Residential and commercial customers installing PV...

  8. Encouraging PV Adoption in New Market-Rate ResidentialConstruction: A Critical Review of Program Experiences to Date

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Barbose, Galen; Wiser, Ryan; Bolinger, Mark

    2006-04-24T23:59:59.000Z

    In this paper, we review experiences with programs to support the deployment of photovoltaics (PV) in new, market-rate homes, drawing upon interviews with program managers around the country, project data, and publicly-available documentation on program design, impacts, and experiences. We focus on state clean energy funds, which have been established in 14 U.S. states to build markets for clean energy resources, as well as a select number of other state or local organizations whose activities are particularly noteworthy. We describe the types of programs implemented and their impacts to date, and discuss key issues and lessons learned for initiatives aimed at growing the new home market for PV.

  9. A Wavelet-Based Variability Model (WVM) for Solar PV Power Plants

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Lave, Matthew; Kleissl, Jan; Stein, Joshua S

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    distributed generation (residential rooftop) plant in Ota City, Japan, and the Copper Mountain 48MW p utility

  10. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    solar electric capacity on new homes, and to have solar electric systems on 50% of all new homes built in Californiasolar capacity installed; capacity more than quadrupled to 746 MW by the end of 2010 (CPUC 2011). California

  11. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    solar systems and energy efficiency and conservationEnergy Tax Act encouraged homeowners to invest in energy conservation and solarenergy consumption patterns: that some adopters of solar will thereafter become adopters of energy conservation

  12. Residential Solar and Wind Energy Systems Tax Credit

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Arizona's Solar Energy Credit is available to individual taxpayers who install a solar or wind energy device at the taxpayer's Arizona residence. The credit is allowed against the taxpayer's...

  13. Lodi Electric Utility- PV Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Lodi Electric Utility offers rebates to its residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rebate program is funded with approximately $6...

  14. Presentation Slides: Solar Finance for Residential and Commercial...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Customers Potential Roles of State and Local Government Learning Objectives Solar Financing Basics The Roles of State and Local Governments Session Summary...

  15. Plug and Play: Purchase, Install, and Connect Residential Solar...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    roof mounting system, eliminating the need for racking systems. Once the lightweight solar panels are in place, the system then self-tests for proper installation and...

  16. Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    McAllister, Joseph Andrew

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    solar radiation data. The goal here is to estimate generic output datasolar radiation data. The goal here is to estimate generic output data

  17. Austin Energy's Residential Solar Rate | Department of Energy

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    at the February 19, 2013, CommRE webinar which focused on how municipal utilities fund solar energy projects. libbyaustinenergy.pdf More Documents & Publications Austin, Texas:...

  18. Exploring the Economic Value of EPAct 2005's PV Tax Credits

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    Bolinger, Mark A; Wiser, Ryan; Ing, Edwin

    2009-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This CESA - LBNL Case Study examines how much economic value do new and expanded federal tax credits really provide to PV system purchasers, and what implications might they hold for state/utility PV grant programs. The report begins with a discussion of the taxability of PV grants and their interaction with federal credits, as this issue significantly affects the analysis that follows. We then calculate the incremental value of EPAct's new and expanded credits for PV systems of different sizes, and owned by different types of entities. The report concludes with a discussion of potential implications for purchasers of PV systems, as well as for administrators of state/utility PV programs. The market for grid-connected photovoltaics (PV) in the US has grown dramatically in recent years, driven in large part by PV grant or 'buy-down' programs in California, New Jersey, and many other states. The recent announcement of a new 11-year, $3.2 billion PV program in California suggests that state policy will continue to drive even faster growth over the next decade. Federal policy has also played a role, primarily by providing commercial PV systems access to tax benefits, including accelerated depreciation (5-year MACRS schedule) and a business energy investment tax credit (ITC). Since the signing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) on August 8, the federal government has begun to play a much more significant role in supporting both commercial and residential PV systems. Specifically, EPAct increased the federal ITC for commercial PV systems from 10% to 30% of system costs, and also created a new 30% ITC (capped at $2000) for residential solar systems. Both changes went into effect on January 1, 2006, for an initial period of two years, and in late 2006 were extended for an additional year. Unless extended further, the new residential ITC will expire, and the 30% commercial ITC will revert back to 10%, on January 1, 2009. How much economic value do these new and expanded federal tax credits really provide to PV system purchasers? And what implications might they hold for state/utility PV grant programs? Using a generic (i.e., non-state-specific) cash flow model, this report explores these questions.1 We begin with a discussion of the taxability of PV grants and their interaction with federal credits, as this issue significantly affects the analysis that follows. We then calculate the incremental value of EPAct's new and expanded credits for PV systems of different sizes, and owned by different types of entities. We conclude with a discussion of potential implications for purchasers of PV systems, as well as for administrators of state/utility PV programs.

  19. Chapter III-2: Standards, Calibration and Testing of PV Modules and Solar Cells

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    Osterwald, C. R.

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This chapter covers common PV measurement techniques and shows how potential problems and sources of error are minimized through the development and use of common standards. Measurement uncertainty, however, remains a problem for some types of PV cells, and tests continue to be developed to address these issues.

  20. Maricopa Assn. of Governments- PV and Solar Domestic Water Heating Permitting Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In an effort to promote uniformity, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) approved standard procedures for securing necessary electrical/building permits for residential (single-family) and...

  1. Solar Water Heating Requirement for New Residential Construction

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    In June 2008, Hawaii enacted legislation, [http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2008/bills/SB644_CD1_.htm SB 644], with the intent to require solar water-heating (SWH) systems to be installed on...

  2. Non-Residential Solar and Wind Tax Credit (Personal)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Arizona’s tax credit for solar and wind installations in commercial and industrial applications was established in June 2006 ([http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/47leg/2r/bills/hb2429s.pdf HB 2429]). In...

  3. Non-Residential Solar and Wind Tax Credit (Corporate)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Arizona’s tax credit for solar and wind installations in commercial and industrial applications was established in June 2006 ([http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/47leg/2r/bills/hb2429s.pdf HB 2429]). In...

  4. Cooling-load implications for residential passive-solar-heating systems

    SciTech Connect (OSTI)

    Jones, R.W.; McFarland, R.D.

    1983-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Ongoing research on quantifying the cooling loads in residential buildings, particularly buildings with passive solar heating systems, is described, along with the computer simulation model used for calculating cooling loads. A sample of interim results is also presented. The objective of the research is to develop a simple analysis method, useful early in design, to estimate the annual cooling energy requirement of a given building.

  5. PV PLANNER A DESIGN AND

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    Delaware, University of

    PV PLANNER A DESIGN AND ANALYSIS TOOL FOR BUILDING INTEGRATED SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS FINAL PLANNER A DESIGN AND ANALYSIS TOOL FOR BUILDING INTEGRATED SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEMS Final Report A Renewable............................................................................................................................................26 3. ILLUSTRATIVE OUTPUTS FROM PV PLANNER FOR A BUILDING INTEGRATED (BIPV) PV APPLICATION

  6. Residential

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE:1 First Use of Energy for All Purposes (Fuel and Nonfuel),Feet) Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May JunDatastreamsmmcrcalgovInstrumentsrucLas ConchasPassive Solar HomePromisingStories »Submitter A B C D EHistorical Resources

  7. Sandia National Laboratories: Sandia Will Host PV Bankability...

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    ateECEnergyComputational Modeling & SimulationSandia Will Host PV Bankability Workshop at Solar Power International (SPI) 2013 Sandia Will Host PV Bankability Workshop at Solar...

  8. Estimating solar access of typical residential rooftops: A case study in San Jose, CA

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    Levinson, Ronnen M.; Gupta, Smita; Akbari, Hashem; Pomerantz, Melvin

    2008-03-03T23:59:59.000Z

    Shadows cast by trees and buildings can limit the solar access of rooftop solar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and thermal collectors. This study characterizes rooftop shading in a residential neighborhood of San Jose, CA, one of four regions analyzed in a wider study of the solar access of California homes.High-resolution orthophotos and LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) measurements of surface height were used to create a digital elevation model of all trees and buildings in a 4 km2 residential neighborhood. Hourly shading of roofing planes (the flat elements of roofs) was computed geometrically from the digital elevation model. Parcel boundaries were used to determine the extent to which roofing planes were shaded by trees and buildings in neighboring parcels.In the year in which surface heights were measured (2005), shadows from all sources ("total shading") reduced the insolation received by S-, SW-, and W-facing residential roofing planes in the study area by 13 - 16percent. Shadows cast by trees and buildings in neighboring parcels reduced insolation by no more than 2percent. After 30 years of simulated maximal tree growth, annual total shading increased to 19 - 22percent, and annual extraparcel shading increased to 3 - 4percent.

  9. Cost Effectiveness for Solar Control Film for Residential Applications

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    Al-Taqi, H. H.; Maheshwari, G. P.; Alasseri, R.

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    For the existing housing, retrofitting single or double glazed clear glass window with solar films can be an effective measure to reduce their peak power demand, and large scale application of the same on national level can be an effective tool...

  10. Net Zero Residential Test Facility Gaithersburg, MD Solar Photovoltaic Panels

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    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Heating System Preheat - Solar thermal 80-gal tank, electric auxiliary heating Active, indirect forced-gal tank, electric auxiliary heating Multiple operating modes: heat pump, hybrid and standard and Ventilation Systems Advanced Air-to-Air Heat Pump Systems Suitable for Low Energy Homes Geothermal Heat Pump

  11. Solar heating and cooling of residential buildings: design of systems, 1980 edition

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    None

    1980-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This manual was prepared primarily for use in conducting a practical training course on the design of solar heating and cooling systems for residential and small office buildings, but may also be useful as a general reference text. The content level is appropriate for persons with different and varied backgrounds, although it is assumed that readers possess a basic understanding of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems of conventional (non-solar) types. This edition is a revision of the manual with the same title, first printed and distributed by the US Government Printing Office in October 1977. The manual has been reorganized, new material has been added, and outdated information has been deleted. Only active solar systems are described. Liquid and air-heating solar systems for combined space and service water heating or service water heating are included. Furthermore, only systems with proven experience are discussed to any extent.

  12. A Wavelet-Based Variability Model (WVM) for Solar PV Power Plants

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    Lave, Matthew; Kleissl, Jan; Stein, Joshua S

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Term Variability of Solar Power," LBNL Report No. 3884E,High penetration of solar power is highly desirable from ansimilarity to the shape of solar power fluctuations [11].

  13. Powering Your Community With Solar: Overcoming Market and Implementation Barriers (Fact Sheet)

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    Not Available

    2012-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This document introduces the Energy Department's new Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems. The guide is designed for 'green' consumers, utilities, local governments, and community groups who want to replicate the success of the Solarize Portland model, overcome barriers to implementation, and permanently transform the market for solar energy in their communities.

  14. SOLARIZE RALEIGH PILOT PROGRAM DRAFT Request for Proposals from Installers of Residential Solar Photovoltaic Systems

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    Photovoltaic Systems Proposed Posting Date: February 4, 2014 I. OPPORTUNITY SUMMARY: The North Carolina Solar in conjunction with the Solarize Raleigh Program in Raleigh, North Carolina. Solarize Raleigh marketing in areas subject to the City's extra-territorial jurisdiction) are eligible to participate. The Solarize

  15. Non-Hardware ("Soft") Cost-Reduction Roadmap for Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photovoltaics, 2013-2020

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    Ardani, K.; Seif, D.; Margolis, R.; Morris, J.; Davidson, C.; Truitt, S.; Torbert, R.

    2013-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The objective of this analysis is to roadmap the cost reductions and innovations necessary to achieve the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative's total soft-cost targets by 2020. The roadmap focuses on advances in four soft-cost areas: (1) customer acquisition; (2) permitting, inspection, and interconnection (PII); (3) installation labor; and (4) financing. Financing cost reductions are in terms of the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) for financing PV system installations, with real-percent targets of 3.0% (residential) and 3.4% (commercial).

  16. Powering Your Community With Solar: Overcoming Market and Implementation Barriers (Fact Sheet), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This document introduces the Energy Department’s new Solarize Guidebook: A Community Guide to Collective Purchasing of Residential PV Systems. The guide is designed for “green” consumers, utilities, local governments, and community groups who want to replicate the success of the Solarize Portland model, overcome barriers to implementation, and permanently transform the market for solar energy in their communities.

  17. Geographic Variation in Potential of Rooftop Residential Photovoltaic Electric Power Production in the United States

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    This paper describes a geographic evaluation of Zero Energy Home (ZEH) potential, specifically an assessment of residential roof-top solar electric photovoltaic (PV) performance around the United States and how energy produced would match up with very-efficient and super-efficient home designs. We performed annual simulations for 236 TMY2 data locations throughout the United States on two highly-efficient one-story 3-bedroom homes with a generic grid-tied solar electric 2kW PV system. These annual simulations show how potential annual solar electric power generation (kWh) and potential energy savings from PV power vary geographically around the U.S. giving the user in a specific region an indication of their expected PV system performance.

  18. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    problems are encountered. There are utility concerns that a high penetration of inverter-based solar energyproblem with a non-imaging 2D Fresnel concentrator. Lorenzo (1981) evaluated chromatic aberrations in solar energy

  19. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    solar having a combined 15,000 Gigawatts of potential capacity [1,2]. For the past 30 years, California

  20. Exploring the Economic Value of EPAct 2005's PV Tax Credits

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    Bolinger, Mark; Wiser, Ryan; Ing, Edwin

    2006-03-28T23:59:59.000Z

    The market for grid-connected photovoltaics (PV) in the US has grown dramatically in recent years, driven in large part by PV grant or ''buy-down'' programs in California, New Jersey, and many other states. The recent announcement of a new 11-year, $3.2 billion PV program in California suggests that state policy will continue to drive even faster growth over the next decade. Federal policy has also played a role, primarily by providing commercial PV systems access to tax benefits, including accelerated depreciation (5-year MACRS schedule) and a business energy investment tax credit (ITC). With the signing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) on August 8, the federal government is poised to play a much more significant future role in supporting both commercial and residential PV systems. Specifically, EPAct increased the federal ITC for commercial PV systems from 10% to 30% of system costs, and also created a new 30% ITC (capped at $2000) for residential solar systems. Both changes went into effect on January 1, 2006, and--absent an extension (for which the solar industry has already begun lobbying)--will last for a period of two years: the new residential ITC will expire, and the 30% commercial ITC will revert back to 10%, on January 1, 2008. How much economic value do these new and expanded federal tax credits really provide to PV system purchasers? And what implications might they hold for state/utility PV grant programs? Using a generic (i.e., non-state-specific) cash flow model, this report explores these questions. We begin with a discussion of the taxability of PV grants and their interaction with federal credits, as this issue significantly affects the analysis that follows. We then calculate the incremental value of EPAct's new and expanded credits for PV systems of different sizes, and owned by different types of entities. We conclude with a discussion of potential implications for purchasers of PV systems, as well as for administrators of state/utility PV programs.

  1. The following contribution was presented at the 28. European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

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    /c-Si heterojunction solar cells: open-circuit voltage and fill factor effects from a-Si:H layer thickness and front screen printed a-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells with high open-circuit voltages VOC = 733 m layers. I. Introduction A-Si:H/c-Si heterojunction solar cells provide high conversion efficiencies

  2. Residential, Commercial, and Utility-Scale Photovoltaic (PV) System Prices in the United States: Current Drivers and Cost-Reduction Opportunities

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    Goodrich, A.; James, T.; Woodhouse, M.

    2012-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The price of photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States (i.e., the cost to the system owner) has dropped precipitously in recent years, led by substantial reductions in global PV module prices. However, system cost reductions are not necessarily realized or realized in a timely manner by many customers. Many reasons exist for the apparent disconnects between installation costs, component prices, and system prices; most notable is the impact of fair market value considerations on system prices. To guide policy and research and development strategy decisions, it is necessary to develop a granular perspective on the factors that underlie PV system prices and to eliminate subjective pricing parameters. This report's analysis of the overnight capital costs (cash purchase) paid for PV systems attempts to establish an objective methodology that most closely approximates the book value of PV system assets.

  3. Comparison of Pyranometers vs. PV Reference Cells for Evaluation of PV Array Performance

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    Dunn, L.; Gostein, M.; Emery, K.

    2012-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    As the photovoltaics (PV) industry has grown, the need for accurately monitoring the solar resource of PV power plants has increased. Historically, the PV industry has relied on thermopile pyranometers for irradiance measurements, and a large body of historical irradiance data taken with pyranometers exists. However, interest in PV reference devices is increasing. In this paper, we discuss why PV reference devices are better suited for PV applications, and estimate the typical uncertainties in irradiance measurements made with both pyranometers and PV reference devices. We assert that the quantity of interest in monitoring a PV power plant is the equivalent irradiance under the IEC 60904-3 reference solar spectrum that would produce the same electrical response in the PV array as the incident solar radiation. For PV-plant monitoring applications, we find the uncertainties in irradiance measurements of this type to be on the order of +/-5% for thermopile pyranometers and +/-2.4% for PV reference devices.

  4. Sandia National Laboratories: PV Contacts

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    Bruce King 505.284.6571 bhking at sandia.gov Tagged with: Energy * photovoltaic * Photovoltaics * PV * Renewable Energy * SAND 2011-4654W * Solar Energy * Solar Research Comments...

  5. Considerations for PV Site Surveys

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    Johnson, Eric E.

    and building codes determine how a solar-electric (photovoltaic; PV) system is installed. A site survey- grid system, if solar energy is not collected, then the electrical loads may not be supported withoutConsiderations for PV Site Surveys John Wiles Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy this loss

  6. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    by 2020 by from renewable resources [140]. Solar costto remotely located renewable resources including permittingand remote access to renewable resources. The water-borne

  7. Approaches To Integrating A HIgh Penertration Of Solar PV and CPV Onto The Electrical Grid

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    Hill, Steven Craig

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    solar ramping and produce the fastest ramp rate output powersolar panels or modules into AC) needs to automatically adjust the power output

  8. City of Chula Vista This page outlines solar PV incentives, financing mechanisms, permitting process, and

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    Fund is to provide low interest financing for property owners to implement energy efficiency retrofits energy system for your home or business. o Typically solar installers will: Locate financing programs Solar Statistics provides a searchable/sortable list of Installers, Contractors, and Sellers by area who

  9. Estimating Solar PV Output Using Modern Space/Time Geostatistics (Presentation)

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    Lee, S. J.; George, R.; Bush, B.

    2009-04-29T23:59:59.000Z

    This presentation describes a project that uses mapping techniques to predict solar output at subhourly resolution at any spatial point, develop a methodology that is applicable to natural resources in general, and demonstrate capability of geostatistical techniques to predict the output of a potential solar plant.

  10. City of Palmdale This page outlines solar PV incentives, financing mechanisms, permitting process, and

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    a minimum of three installers to compare costs, system sizing, and services offered before signing the photovoltaic system, and a host customer agrees to site the system on its property and purchases the system solar energy system for your home or business. o Typically solar installers will: Locate financing

  11. City of San Diego This page outlines solar PV incentives, financing mechanisms, permitting process, and

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    a minimum of three installers to compare costs, system sizing, and services offered before signing is a financial arrangement in which a third-party developer owns, operates, and maintains the photovoltaic system solar energy system for your home or business. o Typically solar installers will: Locate financing

  12. Austin Energy- Commercial PV Incentive Program

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    Austin Energy, a municipal utility, offers a production incentive to its commercial and multi-family residential customers for electricity generated by qualifying photovoltaic (PV) systems of up to...

  13. Xcel Energy- Solar*Rewards Program and MN Made PV Rebate Program

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    '''''Note: All 2012 funding for the Solar*Rewards program and Minnesota Made Bonus has been reserved as of July 11, 2012. On October 1, 2012, the Department of Commerce ruled (Docket No. E,G002/CIP...

  14. Examining System-Wide Impacts of Solar PV Control Systems with a Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Platform

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    Williams, Tess L.; Fuller, Jason C.; Schneider, Kevin P.; Palmintier, Bryan; Lundstrom, Blake; Chakraborty, Sudipta

    2014-10-11T23:59:59.000Z

    High penetration levels of distributed solar PV power generation can lead to adverse power quality impacts such as excessive voltage rise, voltage flicker, and reactive power values that result in unacceptable voltage levels. Advanced inverter control schemes have been proposed that have the potential to mitigate many power quality concerns. However, closed-loop control may lead to unintended behavior in deployed systems as complex interactions can occur between numerous operating devices. In order to enable the study of the performance of advanced control schemes in a detailed distribution system environment, a Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) platform has been developed. In the HIL system, GridLAB-D, a distribution system simulation tool, runs in real-time mode at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and supplies power system parameters at a point of common coupling to hardware located at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Hardware inverters interact with grid and PV simulators emulating an operational distribution system and power output from the inverters is measured and sent to PNNL to update the real-time distribution system simulation. The platform is described and initial test cases are presented. The platform is used to study the system-wide impacts and the interactions of controls applied to inverters that are integrated into a simulation of the IEEE 8500-node test feeder, with inverters in either constant power factor control or active volt/VAR control. We demonstrate that this HIL platform is well-suited to the study of advanced inverter controls and their impacts on the power quality of a distribution feeder. Additionally, the results from HIL are used to validate GridLAB-D simulations of advanced inverter controls. ?

  15. November 21, 2000 PV Lesson Plan 3 PV Array Generating Electricity

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    Oregon, University of

    November 21, 2000 PV Lesson Plan 3 ­ PV Array Generating Electricity Prepared for the Oregon in Arrays: Solar Cells Generating Electricity Lesson Plan Content: In this lesson, students will learn about electricity. Objectives: Students will learn to use a tool called PV WATTS to calculate the output of PV

  16. Rooftop PV system. Final technical progress report, Phase II

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    NONE

    1995-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Under this four-year PV:BONUS Program, ECD and United Solar are developing and demonstrating two new lightweight flexible building integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) modules specifically designed as exact replacements for conventional asphalt shingles and standing seam metal roofing. These modules can be economically and aesthetically integrated into new residential and commercial buildings, and address the even larger roofing replacement market. The modules are designed to be installed by roofing contractors without special training which minimizes the installation and balance of system costs. The modules will be fabricated from high-efficiency, multiple-junction a-Si alloy solar cells developed by ECD and United Solar. Under the Phase I Program, which ended in March 1994, we developed two different concept designs for rooftop PV modules: (1) the United Solar overlapping (asphalt shingle replacement) shingle-type modules and (2) the ECD metal roof-type modules. We also developed a plan for fabricating, testing and demonstrating these modules. Candidate demonstration sites for our rooftop PV modules were identified and preliminary engineering designs for these demonstrations were developed; a marketing study plan was also developed. The major objectives of the Phase II Program, which started in June 1994 was (1) to develop, test, and qualify these new rooftop modules; (2) to develop mechanical and electrical engineering specifications for the demonstration projects; and (3) to develop a marketing/commercialization plan.

  17. County of Los Angeles This page outlines solar PV incentives, financing mechanisms, permitting process, and

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    installers to compare costs, system sizing, and services offered before signing a contract. Back to Top the photovoltaic system, and a host customer agrees to site the system on its property and purchases the system system for your home or business. o Typically solar installers will: Locate financing programs to fit

  18. City of Long Beach This page outlines solar PV incentives, financing mechanisms, permitting process, and

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    installers to compare costs, system sizing, and services offered before signing a contract. Back to Top the photovoltaic system, and a host customer agrees to site the system on its property and purchases the system system for your home or business. o Typically solar installers will: Locate financing programs to fit

  19. City of Palm Desert This page outlines solar PV incentives, financing mechanisms, permitting process, and

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    , system sizing, and services offered before signing a contract. Back to Top Financing Information Federal the photovoltaic system, and a host customer agrees to site the system on its property and purchases the system · Qualified contractors are your key to getting the most productive solar energy system for your home

  20. City of Santa Ana This page outlines solar PV incentives, financing mechanisms, permitting process, and

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    , system sizing, and services offered before signing a contract. Back to Top Financing Information Federal the photovoltaic system, and a host customer agrees to site the system on its property and purchases the system · Qualified contractors are your key to getting the most productive solar energy system for your home

  1. City of Santa Monica This page outlines solar PV incentives, financing mechanisms, permitting process, and interconnection

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    , system sizing, and services offered before signing a contract. Back to Top Financing Information the photovoltaic system, and a customer agrees to site the system on its property and purchase the system contractors are your key to getting the most productive solar energy system for your home or business. o

  2. Cost goals for a residential photovoltaicthermal liquid collector system set in three northern locations

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    Dinwoodie, Thomas L.

    1980-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This study compares the allowable costs for a residential PV/T liquid collector system with those of both PV-only and side-by-side PV and thermal collector systems. Four types of conventional energy systems provide backup: ...

  3. Pallets of PV: Communities Purchase Solar and Drive Down Costs Together |

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Office of InspectorConcentrating Solar Powerstories onFocusOski Energy LLC Place:Ferry

  4. Structural Code Considerations for Solar Rooftop Installations.

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    Dwyer, Stephen F.; Dwyer, Brian P.; Sanchez, Alfred

    2014-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Residential rooftop solar panel installations are limited in part by the high cost of structural related code requirements for field installation. Permitting solar installations is difficult because there is a belief among residential permitting authorities that typical residential rooftops may be structurally inadequate to support the additional load associated with a photovoltaic (PV) solar installation. Typical engineering methods utilized to calculate stresses on a roof structure involve simplifying assumptions that render a complex non-linear structure to a basic determinate beam. This method of analysis neglects the composite action of the entire roof structure, yielding a conservative analysis based on a rafter or top chord of a truss. Consequently, the analysis can result in an overly conservative structural analysis. A literature review was conducted to gain a better understanding of the conservative nature of the regulations and codes governing residential construction and the associated structural system calculations.

  5. Solar photovoltaic residence in Carlisle, Massachusetts

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    Strong, S. J.; Nichols, B. E.

    1981-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The first solar photovoltaic house designed and constructed under the US Department of Energy's Solar Photovoltaic Residential Project has been completed. The house, which is powered by a 7-kWp PV system, will be used to assess the occupants' acceptance of and reactions to residential photovoltaic systems and to familiarize utilities, builders, developers, town building officials and others with issues concerning photovoltaic installations. The house is located on a two-acre lot in Carlisle, approximately twenty miles northwest of Boston. Built by a local architect/developer team, the house includes energy conservation and passive solar features. It utilizes a roof-mounted, flat-plate PV array which operates in a two-way energy exchange mode with the electric utility. The energy conservation and passive solar features of this house are described and a detailed description of the utility-interactive photovoltaic system is presented, along with initial performance data.

  6. Solar Advisor Model; Session: Modeling and Analysis (Presentation)

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    Blair, N.

    2008-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This project supports the Solar America Initiative by: (1) providing a consistent framework for analyzing and comparing power system costs and performance across the range of solar technologies and markets, PV, solar heat systems, CSP, residential, commercial and utility markets; (2) developing and validating performance models to enable accurate calculation of levelized cost of energy (LCOE); (3) providing a consistent modeling platform for all TPP's; and (4) supporting implementation and usage of cost models.

  7. Sandia National Laboratories: Solar Resource Assessment

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    Tagged with: Energy * photovoltaic * Photovoltaics * PV * Renewable Energy * solar * Solar Energy * Solar Research * Solar Resource Assessment Comments are closed. Renewable...

  8. Lassen Municipal Utility District- PV Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Lassen Municipal Utility District (LMUD) is providing incentives for its customers to purchase solar electric photovoltaic (PV) systems. Rebate levels will decrease annually over the life of the...

  9. Results from measurements on the PV-VENT systems

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    Results from measurements on the PV-VENT systems at Lundebjerg Solar Energy Centre Denmark Danish from measurements on the PV-VENT systems at Lundebjerg Søren �stergaard Jensen Solar Energy Centre with (Jensen, 2000a) Solar Energy Centre Denmark's (Danish Technological Institute) measuring work in the PV

  10. Beloin-Saint-Pierre, D., Blanc, I., Payet, J., Jacquin, P., Adra, N., Mayer, D., Environmental impact of PV systems: Effects of energy sources used in production of solar panels , In Proceedings of the 24rd

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    -936338-25-6, pp. 4517-4520. DOI: 10.4229/24thEUPVSEC2009-6DV.3.7 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF PV SYSTEMS: EFFECTS understanding of the critical parameters influencing the indirect solar electricity environmental impacts. Even if technological improvements are an important goal to both minimize the cost and environmental impacts of solar

  11. Break-Even Cost for Residential Solar Water Heating in the United States: Key Drivers and Sensitivities

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    Cassard, H.; Denholm, P.; Ong, S.

    2011-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This paper examines the break-even cost for residential rooftop solar water heating (SWH) technology, defined as the point where the cost of the energy saved with a SWH system equals the cost of a conventional heating fuel purchased from the grid (either electricity or natural gas). We examine the break-even cost for the largest 1,000 electric and natural gas utilities serving residential customers in the United States as of 2008. Currently, the break-even cost of SWH in the United States varies by more than a factor of five for both electricity and natural gas, despite a much smaller variation in the amount of energy saved by the systems (a factor of approximately one and a half). The break-even price for natural gas is lower than that for electricity due to a lower fuel cost. We also consider the relationship between SWH price and solar fraction and examine the key drivers behind break-even costs. Overall, the key drivers of the break-even cost of SWH are a combination of fuel price, local incentives, and technical factors including the solar resource location, system size, and hot water draw.

  12. Electricity Bill Savings from Residential Photovoltaic Systems: Sensitivities to Changes in Future Electricity Market Conditions

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    Darghouth, Naim; Barbose, Galen; Wiser, Ryan

    2013-01-09T23:59:59.000Z

    This scoping study investigates the impact of, and interactions among, three key sources of uncertainty in the future value of bill savings from customer-sited PV, focusing in particular on residential customers. These three sources of uncertainty are: changes to electricity market conditions that would affect retail electricity prices, changes to the types of retail rate structures available to residential customers with PV, and shifts away from standard net-metering toward other compensation mechanisms for residential PV. We investigate the impact of a range of electricity market scenarios on retail electricity prices and rate structures, and the resulting effects on the value of bill savings from PV. The scenarios include various levels of renewable and solar energy deployment, high and low natural gas prices, the possible introduction of carbon pricing, and greater or lesser reliance on utility-scale storage and demand response. We examine the bill savings from PV with time-invariant, flat residential retail rates, as well as with time-varying retail rates, including time-of-use (TOU) rates and real-time pricing (RTP). In addition, we explore a flat rate with increasing-block pricing (IBP). We evaluate the bill savings from PV with net metering, as currently allowed in many states, as well as scenarios with hourly netting, a partial form of net metering. This scoping study is the first known effort to evaluate these types of interactions in a reasonably comprehensive fashion, though by no means have we considered every possible change to electricity market conditions, retail rate structures, or PV compensation mechanisms. It focuses solely on the private value of bill savings for residential PV and does not seek to quantify the broader social or economic cost or value of solar electricity. Our analysis applies assumptions based loosely on California’s electricity market in a future year (2030); however, it is neither intended to forecast California’s future market, nor are our conclusions intended to have implications specific only to the California market. That said, some of the findings are unique to our underlying assumptions, as described further within the main body of the report, along with other key limitations.

  13. 2014-10-14 Issuance: Test Procedures and Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Solar Water Heaters; Request for Information

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    This document is a pre-publication Federal Register request for information regarding test procedures and energy conservation standards for residential solar water heaters, as issued by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency on October 14, 2014. Though it is not intended or expected, should any discrepancy occur between the document posted here and the document published in the Federal Register, the Federal Register publication controls. This document is being made available through the Internet solely as a means to facilitate the public's access to this document.

  14. Break-Even Cost for Residential Solar Water Heating in the United States: Key Drivers and Sensitivities

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE:1 First Use of Energy for All Purposes (Fuel and Nonfuel),Feet) Year Jan Feb Mar Apr MayAtmospheric Optical Depth (AOD)ProductssondeadjustsondeadjustAboutScienceCareers ApplyResistant: ABreak-even Cost for Residential Solar

  15. Estimating solar access of typical residential rooftops: A case study in San Jose, CA

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    Levinson, Ronnen M

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    H. 2002. Shade trees reduce building energy use and CO 22003. Potential energy savings in buildings by an urban treeestimates of tree-shade effects on residential energy use.

  16. An economic analysis of grid-connected residential solar photovoltaic power systems

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    Carpenter, Paul R.

    The question of the utility grid-connected residential market for photovoltaics is examined from a user-ownership perspective. The price is calculated at which the user would be economically indifferent between

  17. New Solar Homes Partnership Training Workshops The Energy Commission will be providing three workshops on how the New Solar Homes Partnership

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    questions. Topics will include: NSHP Program Overview The Application Process PV Calculator Tool NSHP EnergyNew Solar Homes Partnership Training Workshops The Energy Commission will be providing three Efficiency Requirements The Payment Claim Process Utility Residential New Construction Energy Efficiency

  18. Turlock Irrigation District- PV Rebate

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    '''''Note: The Non-Residential Solar Rebate Program is fully subscribed. Applications received will be placed on a waitlist and will only be eligible for a rebate if a pending project is cancelled....

  19. Photovoltaics for Residential Buildings Webinar

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    A webinar by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Senior Engineer Otto VanGeet on using solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to provide electricity for homes.

  20. Grid integrated distributed PV (GridPV).

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    Reno, Matthew J.; Coogan, Kyle [Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

    2013-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This manual provides the documentation of the MATLAB toolbox of functions for using OpenDSS to simulate the impact of solar energy on the distribution system. The majority of the functions are useful for interfacing OpenDSS and MATLAB, and they are of generic use for commanding OpenDSS from MATLAB and retrieving information from simulations. A set of functions is also included for modeling PV plant output and setting up the PV plant in the OpenDSS simulation. The toolbox contains functions for modeling the OpenDSS distribution feeder on satellite images with GPS coordinates. Finally, example simulations functions are included to show potential uses of the toolbox functions. Each function in the toolbox is documented with the function use syntax, full description, function input list, function output list, example use, and example output.

  1. Value Proposition for High Lifetime (p-type) and Thin Silicon Materials in Solar PV Applications: Preprint

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    Goodrich, A.; Woodhouse, M.; Hacke, P.

    2012-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Most silicon PV road maps forecast a continued reduction in wafer thickness, despite rapid declines in the primary incentive for doing so -- polysilicon feedstock price. Another common feature of most silicon-technology forecasts is the quest for ever-higher device performance at the lowest possible costs. The authors present data from device-performance and manufacturing- and system-installation cost models to quantitatively establish the incentives for manufacturers to pursue advanced (thin) wafer and (high efficiency) cell technologies, in an age of reduced feedstock prices. This analysis exhaustively considers the value proposition for high lifetime (p-type) silicon materials across the entire c-Si PV supply chain.

  2. Draft Transcript on Municipal PV Systems

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Webinar on navigating the legal, tax, and finance issues associated with the installation of Municipal PV Systems. The following agenda was developed based on Pat Boylston's experience assisting municipalities with their PV projects and the requests for information that the Solar America City technical team leads have received from many of the 25 Solar America Cities since the April 2008 meeting in Tucson.

  3. Estimating solar access of typical residential rooftops: A case study in San Jose, CA

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    Levinson, Ronnen M

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    a wider study of the solar access of California homes. High-computed. 2.3.7 Solar Access Violation California Publicrooftop solar access in various California cities, including

  4. Electricity Rate Structures and the Economics of Solar PV: Could Mandatory Time-of-Use Rates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies?

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2007-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    D I. Introduction The California Solar Initiative (CSI) wasnal cost. First, the California Solar Initiative o?ers aActually Undermine the California Solar Initiative? The

  5. Solar Policy Environment: Philadelphia

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    The project will identify promising locations for photovoltaic installations and create a roadmap for commercial and residential system developers. The roadmap, published as the Solar Developers Guide to Philadelphia, will be used to promote and attract solar energy investment. Philadelphia’s long-term goal for solar energy is to fully utilize the potential of solar energy to safely, reliably, and cost-effectively displace the use of energy generated by fossil fuels. To achieve its solar energy goals, the City of Philadelphia must add large commercial scale (> 500 kW) solar installations to its ongoing efforts on the smaller scale (we note that a new 1 MW PV installation will be installed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard by the end of 2008).

  6. Solar Policy Environment: Salt Lake

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    The overall objective of the “Solar Salt Lake” (SSL) team is to develop a fully-scoped city and county-level implementation plan that will facilitate at least an additional ten megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the government, commercial, industrial, and residential sectors by 2015. To achieve this aggressive goal, the program strategy includes a combination of barrier identification, research, and policy analysis that utilizes the input of various stakeholders. Coupled with these activities will be the development and implementation of pilot installations in the government and residential sectors, and broad outreach to builders and potential practitioners of solar energy products in the process. In this way, while creating mechanisms to enable a demand for solar, SSL will also facilitate capacity building for suppliers, thereby helping to ensure long-term sustainability for the regional market.

  7. Rooftop PV system. PV:BONUS Phase 3B, final technical report

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    NONE

    1998-11-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Under the PV:BONUS Program, ECD and United Solar developed, demonstrated and commercialized two new lightweight, flexible BIPV modules specifically designed as replacements for conventional asphalt shingles and standing seam metal roofing. These modules can be economically and aesthetically integrated into new residential and commercial buildings, and can be used to address the even larger roofing-replacement market. An important design feature of these modules, which minimizes the installation and balance-of-system costs, is their ability to be installed by conventional roofing contractors without special training. The modules are fabricated from high-efficiency, triple-junction spectrum-splitting a-Si alloy solar cells developed by ECD and United Solar. These cells are produced on thin, flexible stainless steel substrates and encapsulated with polymer materials. The Phase 3 program began in August 1995. The principal tasks and goals of this program, which have all been successfully completed by ECD and United Solar, are described in the body and appendices of this report.

  8. Power Systems Engineering Research Center Modeling, Analysis and Deployment of High PV

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    Van Veen, Barry D.

    and equipment using GIS data, loads using AMI data and PV systems using measured PV output from extensive data electronics and grid integration of renew- able resources mainly solar PV and wind. Dr. Ayyanar received

  9. Estimating solar access of typical residential rooftops: A case study in San Jose, CA

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Levinson, Ronnen M

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    solar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels andsolar-energy systems, including photovoltaic panels and

  10. Residential, Commercial, and Utility-Scale Photovoltaic (PV) System Prices in the United States: Current Drivers and Cost-Reduction Opportunities

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE:1 First Use of Energy for All Purposes (Fuel and Nonfuel),Feet) Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May JunDatastreamsmmcrcalgovInstrumentsrucLas ConchasPassive Solar HomePromisingStories »Submitter Apropane pricespropane

  11. Georgia Power- Residential Solar and Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate (Georgia)

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    Georgia Power customers may be eligible for rebates up to $250 each toward the installation costs of a 50 gallon or greater solar water heater or heat pump water heater. The solar water heater or...

  12. RESIDENTIAL ON SITE SOLAR HEATING SYSTEMS: A PROJECT EVALUATION USING THE CAPITAL ASSET PRICING MODEL

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    Schutz, Stephen Richard

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    potential new energy sources, solar energy is perhaps thesource ready for immediate use on a commercial scale is solar energysolar energy are the fact that it is essentially a limitless source

  13. Soiling losses for solar photovoltaic systems in California

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    Mejia, Felipe A; Kleissl, Jan

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    n efficiency and daily rainfall for a 554 kW dc PV plant inPV sites demonstrated how soiling decreases the efficiency of solar PV plants.

  14. Low-Cost Photovoltaics: Luminescent Solar Concentrators And Colloidal Quantum Dot Solar Cells

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    Leow, Shin Woei

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    1.6 Schematic of a solar panel with PV cells connected inand installation cost of solar panels and enhance PV cell1.6 Schematic of a solar panel with PV cells connected in

  15. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program TPP Final Report - A Value Chain Partnership to Accelerate U.S. PV Industry Growth, GE Global Research

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    Todd Tolliver; Danielle Merfeld; Charles Korman; James Rand; Tom McNulty; Neil Johnson; Dennis Coyle

    2009-07-31T23:59:59.000Z

    General Electric’s (GE) DOE Solar Energy Technologies TPP program encompassesd development in critical areas of the photovoltaic value chain that affected the LCOE for systems in the U.S. This was a complete view across the value chain, from materials to rooftops, to identify opportunities for cost reductions in order to realize the Department of Energy’s cost targets for 2010 and 2015. GE identified a number of strategic partners with proven leadership in their respective technology areas to accelerate along the path to commercialization. GE targeted both residential and commercial rooftop scale systems. To achieve these goals, General Electric and its partners investigated three photovoltaic pathways that included bifacial high-efficiency silicon cells and modules, low-cost multicrystalline silicon cells and modules and flexible thin film modules. In addition to these technologies, the balance of system for residential and commercial installations were also investigated. Innovative system installation strategies were pursed as an additional avenue for cost reduction.

  16. RESIDENTIAL ON SITE SOLAR HEATING SYSTEMS: A PROJECT EVALUATION USING THE CAPITAL ASSET PRICING MODEL

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    Schutz, Stephen Richard

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    solar energy with rooftop panels, store excess energy in water storage tanks and can, in certain circumstances, provide 100% of the space heating

  17. Design, development and testing of a solar-powered multi-family residential size prototype turbocompressor heat pump

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    None

    1981-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A program described to design, fabricate, and conduct preliminary testing of a prototype solar-powered Rankine cycle turbocompressor heat pump module for a multi-family residential building is presented. A solar system designed to use the turbocompressor heat pump module including all of the subsystems required and the various system operating modes is described in Section I. Section II includes the preliminary design analyses conducted to select the heat pump module components and operating features, working fluid, configuration, size and performance goals, and estimated performance levels in the cooling and heating modes. Section III provides a detailed description of the other subsystems and components required for a complete solar installation. Using realistic performance and cost characteristics for all subsystems, the seasonal performance of the UTC heat pump is described in various US locations. In addition, the estimated energy savings and an assessment of the economic viability of the solar system is presented in Section III. The detailed design of the heat pump module and the arrangement of components and controls selected to conduct the laboratory performance tests are described in Section IV. Section V provides a description of the special laboratory test facility, including the subsystems to simulate the collectors and storage tanks for building load and ambient conditions and the instrumentation, monitoring, and data acquisition equipment. The test results and sample computer analyses and comparisons with predicted performance levels are presented in Section VI. Various appendices provide supplementary and background information concerning working fluid selection (A), configuration selection (B), capacity control concepts (C), building models (D), computer programs used to determine component and system performance and total system economics (E), and weather data (F).

  18. Do Photovoltaic Energy Systems Effect Residential Selling Prices? Results from a California Statewide Investigation.

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    Hoen, Ben

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    DO PHOTOVOLTAIC ENERGY SYSTEMS AFFECT RESIDENTIAL SELLINGopportunity employer. DO PHOTOVOLTAIC ENERGY SYSTEMS AFFECTin the U.S. have sold with photovoltaic (PV) energy systems

  19. The Potential Impact of Increased Renewable Energy Penetrations on Electricity Bill Savings from Residential Photovoltaic Systems

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    Barbose, Galen

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of electricity retail rates or on the private economics ofelectricity rates and hence the customer economics of residential, behind-the-meter PV. We calculate the private

  20. European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Hamburg, Germany, 21-24 September 2009, 4CO.2.3 Quantitative analysis of PV-modules by electroluminescence images for

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    the PV module series resistance. We call this method "voltage imaging of the PV module" (VIM to our VIM approach. Keywords: PV module, electroluminescence 1. Introduction In recent years imaging as disruptions of the electrical interconnectors [7, 8, 9]. In this work, we apply the VIM approach presented

  1. Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Established by ''The Energy Policy Act of 2005'', the federal tax credit for residential energy property initially applied to solar-electric systems, solar water heating systems and fuel cells. '...

  2. An investigation of a residential solar system coupled to a radiant panel ceiling

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    Zhang, Z.; Pate, M.; Nelson, R.

    1988-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    An experimental study of a solar-radiant heating system was performed at Iowa State University's Energy Research House (ERH). The ERH was constructed with copper tubes embedded in the plaster ceilings, thus providing a unique radiant heating system. In addition, 24 water-glycol, flat-plate solar collectors were mounted on the south side of the residence. The present study uses the solar collectors to heat a storage tank via a submerged copper tube oil. Hot water from the storage tank is then circulated through a heat exchanger, which heats the water flowing through the radiant ceiling. This paper contains a description of the solar-radiant system and an interpretation of the data that were measured during a series of transient experiments. In addition, the performance of the flat-plate solar collectors and the water storage tank were evaluated. The characteristics of a solar-to-radiant heat exchanger were also investigated. The thermal behavior of the radiant ceiling and the room enclosures were observed, and the heat transfer from the ceiling by radiation and convection was estimated. The overall heating system was also evaluated using the thermal performances of the individual components. The results of this study verify that it is feasible to use a solar system coupled to a low-temperature radiant-panel heating system for space heating. A sample performance evaluation is also presented.

  3. Sandia National Laboratories: Sandian Presents on PV Failure...

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    Analysis at European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSC) On December 15, 2014, in Computational Modeling & Simulation, Energy, Facilities, News, News & Events,...

  4. Distributed PV Permitting and Inspection Processes

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    This presentation summarizes case studies of the time and cost involved in the distributed PV permitting and inspection process in three Solar America Cities, Austin, Portland, and Salt Lake City.

  5. The Influence of Residential Solar Water Heating on Electric Utility Demand

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    Vliet, G. C.; Askey, J. L.

    1984-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Similar sets of residences in Austin, Texas with electric water heaters and solar water heaters with electric back-up were monitored during 1982 to determine their instantaneous electric demands, the purpose being to determine the influence...

  6. Research of PV Application on

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    Netoff, Theoden

    that conforms to the MN Building code definition of a "townhouse". Single house prototype of the UMore Park stage, possible form of energy infrastructure in the future, attitude of developers and future dwellers-off, incentives and payback of PV, issues of shading effects and solution; (3) Case study of single solar house

  7. Keywords: Photovoltaic System, fault-tolerance, recon-figurable PV panel

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    Pedram, Massoud

    plants, and satellites. The output power of a PV cell (also called solar cell) is dependent on the solar: naehyuck@elpl.snu.ac.kr). output power of a PV cell increases as solar irradiance increases and temperature irradiance level and temperature. Figure 1 shows PV cell output current-voltage and power

  8. Riverside Public Utilities- Residential PV Incentive Program

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    '''''Note: Funding for this program has been exhausted for the remainder of the fiscal year. The program is scheduled to reopen on July 1, 2014. '''''

  9. RESIDENTIAL EXCHANGE

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    establishes the right of Pacific Northwest electric utilities to participate in the Residential Exchange Program that provides wholesale power cost benefits for residential and...

  10. SUSTAINABLE AND HOLISTIC INTEGRATION OF ENERGY STORAGE AND SOLAR...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    SUSTAINABLE AND HOLISTIC INTEGRATION OF ENERGY STORAGE AND SOLAR PV (SHINES) SUSTAINABLE AND HOLISTIC INTEGRATION OF ENERGY STORAGE AND SOLAR PV (SHINES) Funding Number:...

  11. Soiling losses for solar photovoltaic systems in California

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    Mejia, Felipe A; Kleissl, Jan

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    power output from 186 PV sites demonstrated how soiling decreases the efficiency of solarPower Output of Distributed PV Systems in California. Report to the California Solar

  12. Statistical analysis of solar irradiation in a distributed microgrid

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    Harper, James Patrick

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    to be related to solar PV power output. This paper willanalysis of the solar photovoltaic (PV) power output of foursolar intermittency investigate ramp rates of power output (

  13. Florida Solar Energy Center (Building America Partnership for...

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    for Improved Residential Construction Jump to: navigation, search Name: Florida Solar Energy Center (Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction...

  14. Advanced phase change materials and systems for solar passive heating and cooling of residential buildings

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    Salyer, I.O.; Sircar, A.K.; Dantiki, S.

    1988-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    During the last three years under the sponsorship of the DOE Solar Passive Division, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has investigated four phase change material (PCM) systems for utility in thermal energy storage for solar passive heating and cooling applications. From this research on the basis of cost, performance, containment, and environmental acceptability, we have selected as our current and most promising series of candidate phase change materials, C-15 to C-24 linear crystalline alkyl hydrocarbons. The major part of the research during this contract period was directed toward the following three objectives. Find, test, and develop low-cost effective phase change materials (PCM) that melt and freeze sharply in the comfort temperature range of 73--77{degree}F for use in solar passive heating and cooling of buildings. Define practical materials and processes for fire retarding plasterboard/PCM building products. Develop cost-effective methods for incorporating PCM into building construction materials (concrete, plasterboard, etc.) which will lead to the commercial manufacture and sale of PCM-containing products resulting in significant energy conservation.

  15. THE IMPACT OF BUILDING ORIENTATION ON RESIDENTIAL HEATING AND COOLING

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    Andersson, Brandt

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    PASSIVE SOLAR RESIDENTIAL BUILDING* Introduction In order to provide a basis for thermal analyses examining the effects of design

  16. Presented at the 21st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Dresden,Germany, 4-8 September 2006 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF PV ELECTRICITY GENERATION -

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    2006 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF PV ELECTRICITY GENERATION - A CRITICAL COMPARISON OF ENERGY SUPPLY, NY 11973, USA ABSTRACT: An overview is given of the environmental impacts of different PV in the assessment of environmental impacts from photovoltaic systems. In this paper we will give an overview

  17. CUTTING SOLAR RED TAPECUTTING SOLAR RED TAPE Evergreen State Solar PartnershipEvergreen State Solar Partnership

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    CUTTING SOLAR RED TAPECUTTING SOLAR RED TAPE Evergreen State Solar PartnershipEvergreen State Solar Partnership Rooftop Solar Challenge 1 Sunshot #12;WASHINGTON PV CONTEXTWASHINGTON PV CONTEXT 285 cities, 39 Installations happen where process is easier #12;EVERGREEN STATE SOLAR PARTNERSHIP Commerce NWSEEDEdmonds

  18. Agenda for the PV Module Reliability Workshop, February 26 -...

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    Technology, "PV Standards: What New Things Does the IEC Have for You?" 4. L. Sherwood of Solar ABCs, "Recent Reports from the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards" 5. A....

  19. sttesuhcassa RESIDENTIAL

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    Schweik, Charles M.

    University Apartments To Amherst Center RON TNASAELPHT TS CENTRAL RESIDENTIAL AREA To Tillson Farm RESIDENTIAL AREA Lorden Field ATHLETIC FIELDS To Telecom, UMass Outreach & UMass Extension at 101 University Drive NORTHEAST RESIDENTIAL AREA ORCHARD HILL RESIDENTIAL AREA Chabad House HAIGIS MALL Newman Center

  20. sttesuhcassa RESIDENTIAL

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    Mountziaris, T. J.

    Gordon To Amherst Center RON TNASAELPHT TS CENTRAL RESIDENTIAL AREA To Tillson Farm & Intermediate ORCHARD HILL DR. Track & Field ACO SDT KKG SK ADP IGU ZBT BUTTERFIELDTERRACE DZ SOUTHWEST RESIDENTIAL AREA NORTHEAST RESIDENTIAL AREA ORCHARD HILL RESIDENTIAL AREA Chabad House HAIGIS MALL Newman Center Textbook

  1. Tax Credits, Rebates & Savings | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Residential, Nonprofit, Residential, Schools, State Government Savings Category: Photovoltaics, Solar Water Heat California Solar Initiative- PV Incentives '''Pacific Gas and...

  2. IEEE JOURNAL OF PHOTOVOLTAICS 1 Optimal Dispatch of Residential Photovoltaic

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    Giannakis, Georgios

    IEEE JOURNAL OF PHOTOVOLTAICS 1 Optimal Dispatch of Residential Photovoltaic Inverters Under of existing low- voltage distribution systems with high photovoltaic (PV) gen- eration have focused relaxation techniques. Index Terms--Distribution networks, microgrids, photovoltaic systems, inverter control

  3. Solar Energy.

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    Bafana, Ramzi

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ??This thesis is about Photovoltaic (PV) cells and its stresses in various directions by calculating the power generated using solar cells under different conditions to… (more)

  4. Alliant Energy Interstate Power and Light - Residential Renewable...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Residential Savings Category Photovoltaics Solar Water Heat Maximum Rebate Solar Thermal Water Heater: 750 Program Info State Iowa Program Type Utility Rebate Program Rebate...

  5. Why Are Resiential PV Prices in Germany So Much Lower Than in the United States?

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative, in conjunction with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) discusses the installed price of residential PV being significantly lower in Germany than in the United States.

  6. The Potential Impact of Increased Renewable Energy Penetrations on Electricity Bill Savings from Residential Photovoltaic Systems

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    Barbose, Galen

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies? Center for thefrom Residential Photovoltaic Systems Naďm R. Darghouth,FROM RESIDENTIAL PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEMS Naďm R. Darghouth

  7. Operational, aesthetic, and construction process performance for innovative passive and active solar building components for residential buildings

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    Settlemyre, Kevin (Kevin Franklin), 1971-

    2000-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A system-based framework creates the ability to integrate operational, aesthetic, and construction process performance. The framework can be used to evaluate innovations within residential construction. By reducing the ...

  8. Approaches for Identifying Consumer Preferences for the Design of Technology Products: A Case Study of Residential Solar Panels

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    Chen, Heidi Q.

    This paper investigates ways to obtain consumer preferences for technology products to help designers identify the key attributes that contribute to a product's market success. A case study of residential photovoltaic ...

  9. Subsidizing Global Solar Power.

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    Arnesson, Daniel

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ?? With national cuts on solar PV subsidies and the current “oversupply” of panels, the global solar market is clearly threatened by a contraction. Yet,… (more)

  10. Sacramento Municipal Utility District PV and Smart Grid Pilot at Anatolia

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    Rawson, Mark; Sanchez, Eddie Paul

    2013-12-30T23:59:59.000Z

    Under DE-FOA-0000085 High Penetration Solar Deployment, the U. S. Department of Energy funded agreements with SMUD and Navigant Consulting, SunPower, GridPoint, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the California Energy Commission for this pilot demonstration project. Funding was $5,962,409.00. Cost share of $500,000 was also provided by the California Energy Commission. The project has strategic implications for SMUD, other utilities and the PV and energy-storage industries in business and resource planning, technology deployment and asset management. These implications include: -At this point, no dominant business models have emerged and the industry is open for new ideas. -Demonstrated two business models for using distributed PV and energy storage, and brainstormed several dozen more, each with different pros and cons for SMUD, its customers and the industry. -Energy storage can be used to manage high penetrations of PV and mitigate potential issues such as reverse power flow, voltage control violations, power quality issues, increased wear and tear on utility equipment, and system wide power supply issues. - Smart meters are another tool utilities can use to manage high penetrations of PV. The necessary equipment and protocols exist, and the next step is to determine how to integrate the functionality with utility programs and what level of utility control is required. - Time-of-use rates for the residential customers who hosted energy storage systems did not cause a significant change in energy usage patterns. However, the rates we used were not optimized for PV and energy storage. Opportunities exist for utilities to develop new structures.

  11. Sandia National Laboratories: Solar Electric Propulsion

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    Plan Webinar Wednesday, Jan. 14 Sandian Presents on PV Failure Analysis at European PV Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSC) EC Top Publications Design and Analysis...

  12. SOLAR Ź97 CONFERENCE: MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

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    area. PV output datasets generated for 2007 in southern Nevada are being used for a Solar PV Grid Integration Study to estimate the integration costs associated with various...

  13. ENERGY-10 PV: Photovoltaics, A New Capability (Preprint)

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    Balcomb, J.D.; Hayter, S.J. (National Renewable Energy Laboratory); Weaver, N.L. (InterWeaver Consulting)

    2001-02-16T23:59:59.000Z

    This is one of two companion papers that describe the ENERGY-10 PV design-tool computer simulation program. The other paper is titled ''Hourly Simulation of Grid-Connected PV Systems Using Realistic Building Loads.'' While this paper focuses on the implementation method, the companion paper focuses on the PV aspects of the program. The case study in this paper is a residential building application, whereas the case study in the companion paper is a commercial application with an entirely different building load characteristic. Together, they provide a balanced view.

  14. Designing PV Incentive Programs to Promote System Performance: A Review of Current Practice

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    Barbose, Galen; Wiser, Ryan; Bolinger, Mark

    2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    2006. Celentano, Ron. 2005. “SDF Solar PV Grant Program inSustainable Development Fund (SDF) Rhode Island RenewableOH – DOD OR – ETO PA – SDF RI – RIREF Small PV Program RI –

  15. Dynamic Model Validation of PV Inverters Under Short-Circuit Conditions: Preprint

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    Muljadi, E.; Singh, M.; Bravo, R.; Gevorgian, V.

    2013-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Photovoltaic (PV) modules have dramatically decreased in price in the past few years, spurring the expansion of photovoltaic deployment. Residential and commercial rooftop installations are connected to the distribution network; large-scale installation PV power plants (PVPs) have benefited from tax incentives and the low cost of PV modules. As the level penetration of PV generation increases, the impact on power system reliability will also be greater. Utility power system planners must consider the role of PV generation in power systems more realistically by representing PV generation in dynamic stability analyses. Dynamic models of PV inverters have been developed in the positive sequence representation. NREL has developed a PV inverter dynamic model in PSCAD/EMTDC. This paper validates the dynamic model with an actual hardware bench test conducted by Southern California Edison's Distributed Energy Resources laboratory. All the fault combinations -- symmetrical and unsymmetrical -- were performed in the laboratory. We compare the simulation results with the bench test results.

  16. Solar Works in Seattle: Domestic Hot Water

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Seattle's residential solar hot water workshop. Content also covers general solar resource assessment, siting, and financial incentives.

  17. Outlier Detection Rules for Fault Detection in Solar Photovoltaic Arrays

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    Lehman, Brad

    Abstract-- Solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays are unique power sources that may have uncleared fault current of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Different from traditional power sources, solar PV array is unique devices (OCPD). This may be caused by non-linear output characteristics of solar PV arrays, low irradiance

  18. Solar Rights

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Maine law requires that any municipal ordinance, bylaw, or regulation adopted after September 30, 2009 regulating solar energy devices on residential property follow certain requirements. The rules...

  19. SRP- EarthWise Solar Energy Incentive Program

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    '''''NOTE: SRP reopened its incentive programs effective May 1, 2013. SRP has funding available for 12 MW of residential photovoltaic (PV) systems, 4 MW of small commercial PV systems, 5 MW of...

  20. Stabilized PV system

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    Dinwoodie, Thomas L. (Piedmont, CA)

    2002-12-17T23:59:59.000Z

    A stabilized PV system comprises an array of photovoltaic (PV) assemblies mounted to a support surface. Each PV assembly comprises a PV module and a support assembly securing the PV module to a position overlying the support surface. The array of modules is circumscribed by a continuous, belt-like perimeter assembly. Cross strapping, extending above, below or through the array, or some combination of above, below and through the array, secures a first position along the perimeter assembly to at least a second position along the perimeter assembly thereby stabilizing the array against wind uplift forces. The first and second positions may be on opposite sides on the array.

  1. Grid Integrated Distributed PV (GridPV) Version 2.

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    Reno, Matthew J.; Coogan, Kyle

    2014-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This manual provides the documentation of the MATLAB toolbox of functions for using OpenDSS to simulate the impact of solar energy on the distribution system. The majority of the functio ns are useful for interfacing OpenDSS and MATLAB, and they are of generic use for commanding OpenDSS from MATLAB and retrieving information from simulations. A set of functions is also included for modeling PV plant output and setting up the PV plant in th e OpenDSS simulation. The toolbox contains functions for modeling the OpenDSS distribution feeder on satellite images with GPS coordinates. Finally, example simulations functions are included to show potential uses of the toolbox functions. Each function i n the toolbox is documented with the function use syntax, full description, function input list, function output list, example use, and example output.

  2. Rooftop Solar Potential Distributed Solar Power in NW

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    1 Rooftop Solar Potential Distributed Solar Power in NW Massoud Jourabchi June 2013 1 Renewables;3 Regional Growth In Solar Energy Consumption Solar consumption both Thermal and PV h b t d i i lhas been on steady increase since early 1990s. From 2000-2010 Solar PV grow at annual rate of 13% and solar thermal

  3. Solar variability of four sites across the state of Colorado

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    Lave, Matthew; Kleissl, Jan

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    dampen fluctuations in solar power output of the average ofthat solar radiation is proportional to PV power output and

  4. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Production of Solar Photovoltaic Cells”, Center for theconcerns is solar photovoltaic cells (PVs), which captureProduction of Solar Photovoltaic Cells Solar PV cells

  5. Sensitivity of Rooftop PV Projections in the SunShot Vision Study to Market Assumptions

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    Drury, E.; Denholm, P.; Margolis, R.

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The SunShot Vision Study explored the potential growth of solar markets if solar prices decreased by about 75% from 2010 to 2020. The SolarDS model was used to simulate rooftop PV demand for this study, based on several PV market assumptions--future electricity rates, customer access to financing, and others--in addition to the SunShot PV price projections. This paper finds that modeled PV demand is highly sensitive to several non-price market assumptions, particularly PV financing parameters.

  6. Optimizing Energy Savings from Direct-DC in U.S. Residential Buildings

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    Garbesi, Karina; Vossos, Vagelis; Sanstad, Alan; Burch, Gabriel

    2011-10-13T23:59:59.000Z

    An increasing number of energy efficient appliances operate on direct current (DC) internally, offering the potential to use DC from renewable energy systems directly and avoiding the losses inherent in converting power to alternating current (AC) and back. This paper investigates that potential for net-metered residences with on-site photovoltaics (PV) by modeling the net power draw of the ‘direct-DC house’ with respect to today’s typical configuration, assuming identical DC-internal loads. Power draws were modeled for houses in 14 U.S. cities, using hourly, simulated PV-system output and residential loads. The latter were adjusted to reflect a 33% load reduction, representative of the most efficient DC-internal technology, based on an analysis of 32 electricity end-uses. The model tested the effect of climate, electric vehicle (EV) loads, electricity storage, and load shifting on electricity savings; a sensitivity analysis was conducted to determine how future changes in the efficiencies of power system components might affect savings potential. Based on this work, we estimate that net-metered PV residences could save 5% of their total electricity load for houses without storage and 14% for houses with storage. Based on residential PV penetration projections for year 2035 obtained from the National Energy Modeling System (2.7% for the reference case and 11.2% for the extended policy case), direct-DC could save the nation 10 trillion Btu (without storage) or 40 trillion Btu (with storage). Shifting the cooling load by two hours earlier in the day (pre-cooling) has negligible benefits for energy savings. Direct-DC provides no energy savings benefits for EV charging, to the extent that charging occurs at night. However, if charging occurred during the day, for example with employees charging while at work, the benefits would be large. Direct-DC energy savings are sensitive to power system and appliance conversion efficiencies but are not significantly influenced by climate. While direct-DC for residential applications will most likely arise as a spin-off of developments in the commercial sector—because of lower barriers to market entry and larger energy benefits resulting from the higher coincidence between load and insolation—this paper demonstrates that there are substantial benefits in the residential sector as well. Among residential applications, space cooling derives the largest energy savings from being delivered by a direct-DC system. It is the largest load for the average residence on a national basis and is particularly so in high-load regions. It is also the load with highest solar coincidence.

  7. RESIDENTIAL SOLAR “YIELDCO”

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This presentation summarizes the information given during the SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum, June 13-14, 2012.

  8. 2013 ISES Solar World Congress Review of satellite-based surface solar irradiation databases for

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    photovoltaic (PV) or thermal solar. This paper focuses on PV but can surely be extended to thermal solar technology such as concentrating solar power (CSP). PV project developers first need to identify2013 ISES Solar World Congress Review of satellite-based surface solar irradiation databases

  9. Sandia National Laboratories: Solar Market Transformation

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    Transformation * photovoltaic * Photovoltaics * PV * Renewable Energy * SAND 2011-4654W * Solar Energy * Solar Market Transformation * Solar Research Comments are closed. Renewable...

  10. Sandia National Laboratories: Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems...

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    (PV) technologies, has been growing by leaps and bounds. This is fueled by intense private-sector interest in renewable energy (RE) power generation (on both the residential...

  11. Corona Department of Water and Power- Solar Partnership Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Corona Department of Water and Power is providing rebates for residential and commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems. The rebate amount for 2013 is $1.22 per watt up to $3,660 for residential systems...

  12. PV performance modeling workshop summary report.

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    Stein, Joshua S.; Tasca, Coryne Adelle (SRA International, Inc., Fairfax, VA); Cameron, Christopher P.

    2011-05-01T23:59:59.000Z

    During the development of a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy project, predicting expected energy production from a system is a key part of understanding system value. System energy production is a function of the system design and location, the mounting configuration, the power conversion system, and the module technology, as well as the solar resource. Even if all other variables are held constant, annual energy yield (kWh/kWp) will vary among module technologies because of differences in response to low-light levels and temperature. A number of PV system performance models have been developed and are in use, but little has been published on validation of these models or the accuracy and uncertainty of their output. With support from the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Program, Sandia National Laboratories organized a PV Performance Modeling Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 22-23, 2010. The workshop was intended to address the current state of PV system models, develop a path forward for establishing best practices on PV system performance modeling, and set the stage for standardization of testing and validation procedures for models and input parameters. This report summarizes discussions and presentations from the workshop, as well as examines opportunities for collaborative efforts to develop objective comparisons between models and across sites and applications.

  13. Lessons Learned from the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology/PV Manufacturing R&D and Thin Film PV Partnership Projects

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    Margolis, R.; Mitchell, R.; Zweibel, K.

    2006-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    As the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Solar Energy Technologies Program initiates new cost-shared solar energy R&D under the Solar America Initiative (SAI), it is useful to analyze the experience gained from cost-shared R&D projects that have been funded through the program to date. This report summarizes lessons learned from two DOE-sponsored photovoltaic (PV) projects: the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology/PV Manufacturing R&D (PVMaT/PVMR&D) project and the Thin-Film PV Partnership project. During the past 10-15 years, these two projects have invested roughly $330 million of government resources in cost-shared R&D and leveraged another $190 million in private-sector PV R&D investments. Following a description of key findings and brief descriptions of the PVMaT/PVMR&D and Thin-Film PV Partnership projects, this report presents lessons learned from the projects.

  14. Development of a dispatchable PV peak shaving system. Final report on PV:BONUS Phase 2 activities

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    Ferguson, W.D. [Conectiv, Inc., Wilmington, DE (United States); Nigro, R.M. [Applied Energy Group, Inc., Hauppauge, NY (United States)

    1999-01-20T23:59:59.000Z

    In July 1993, the Delmarva Power and Light Company (now Conectiv, Inc.) was awarded a contract for the development of a Dispatchable Photovoltaic Peak Shaving System under the US Department of Energy PV:BONUS Program. The rationale for the dispatchable PV peak shaving system is based on the coincidence between the solar resource and the electrical load in question. Where poor coincidence exists, a PV array by itself does little to offset peak demands. However, with the addition of a relatively small amount of energy storage, the energy from the PV array can be managed and the value of the PV system increases substantially. In Phase 2, Delmarva Power continued the refinement of the system deployed in Phase 1. Four additional dispatchable PV peak shaving systems were installed for extended testing and evaluation at sites in Delaware, Maryland, Wisconsin and North Carolina. A second type of system that can be used to provide back-up power as well as peak shaving was also developed in Phase 2. This PV-UPS system used a packaging approach nearly identical to the PV peak shaving system, although there were significant differences in the design of the power electronics and control systems. Conceptually, the PV-UPS system builds upon the idea of adding value to PV systems by increasing functionality. A prototype of the PV-UPS system was installed in Delaware for evaluation near the end of the contract period.

  15. Residential Mail Procedures Residential Mail Services

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    Buehrer, R. Michael

    Residential Mail Procedures Residential Mail Services 23 Owens Hall Blacksburg, VA 24061 Phone.mailservices.vt.edu #12;Residential Mail Procedures Table of Contents General information.................................................................................8 #12;Residential Mail Procedures The following procedures have been establishes by the University

  16. PV Incentive Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provides an incentive eligible installers for the installation of approved, grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems. The base...

  17. Solar ADEPT: Efficient Solar Energy Systems

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    None

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Solar ADEPT Project: The 7 projects that make up ARPA-E's Solar ADEPT program, short for 'Solar Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology,' aim to improve the performance of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems, which convert the sun's rays into electricity. Solar ADEPT projects are integrating advanced electrical components into PV systems to make the process of converting solar energy to electricity more efficient.

  18. PV Supply Chain and Cross-Cutting Technologies: Upcoming Funding Opportunity

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    Not Available

    2008-10-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Summarizes the Solar Program's upcoming funding opportunity, called PV Supply Chain and Cross-Cutting Technologies, which is expected to be open by the end of October 2008.

  19. Designing PV Incentive Programs to Promote System Performance: A Review of Current Practice

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    Barbose, Galen; Wiser, Ryan; Bolinger, Mark

    2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    communication with New York State Energy Research andSolar Pioneer Program New York Energy $mart PV IncentivePower Authority (LIPA) New York State Energy Research and

  20. NREL PV Projects - FUPWG Meeting: "Going Coastal for Energy Efficiency...

    Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Indexed Site

    kWdc (1,200,000 kWh) one-axis tracking PV system - Grid connected (NREL "side of the meter") - Milestones Agreements: January 2008 Operation: August 2008 Solar Rewards...

  1. DOE-LPO-MiniReport_PV_v10

    Office of Environmental Management (EM)

    for what has become a robust market that is now purely commercially financed. 4 energy.govlpo Utility-Scale PV Solar Markets Loan Programs O ce As deployment of...

  2. PV VALUE(tm) User Manual v. 1.0

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    PV Value(tm) User Manual v. 1.0 Jamie L. Johnson - Solar Power Electric(tm) Geoffrey T. Klise - Sandia National Laboratories 1312012 SAND2012-0682P Sandia National Laboratories...

  3. The figure shows the current energy pay back time for PV

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    , Senior researcher at Utrecht University, The Netherlands "We found that today's PV systems have an energy statement is: "The energy balance of solar PV is clearly positive today and will further improveThe figure shows the current energy pay back time for PV systems using different cell technologies

  4. Sunshine PV | Open Energy Information

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home5b9fcbce19 No revisionEnvReviewNonInvasiveExplorationUT-g GrantAtlas (PACAOpenSummerside WindSolar Energy JumpSunrainPV Jump to:

  5. Rooftop Solar Potential Distributed Solar Power in NW

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    6/19/2013 1 Rooftop Solar Potential Distributed Solar Power in NW Massoud Jourabchi June 2013 1 in 2012 4 #12;6/19/2013 3 Regional Growth In Solar Energy Consumption Solar consumption both Thermal and PV h b t d i i lhas been on steady increase since early 1990s. From 2000-2010 Solar PV grow

  6. Updating Technical Screens for PV Interconnection: Preprint

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    Coddington, M.; Ellis, A.; Lynn, K.; Razon, A.; Key, T.; Kroposki, B.; Mather, B.; Hill, R.; Nicole, K.; Smith, J.

    2012-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Solar photovoltaics (PV) is the dominant type of distributed generation (DG) technology interconnected to electric distribution systems in the United States, and deployment of PV systems continues to increase rapidly. Considering the rapid growth and widespread deployment of PV systems in United States electric distribution grids, it is important that interconnection procedures be as streamlined as possible to avoid unnecessary interconnection studies, costs, and delays. Because many PV interconnection applications involve high penetration scenarios, the process needs to allow for a sufficiently rigorous technical evaluation to identify and address possible system impacts. Existing interconnection procedures are designed to balance the need for efficiency and technical rigor for all DG. However, there is an implicit expectation that those procedures will be updated over time in order to remain relevant with respect to evolving standards, technology, and practical experience. Modifications to interconnection screens and procedures must focus on maintaining or improving safety and reliability, as well as accurately allocating costs and improving expediency of the interconnection process. This paper evaluates the origins and usefulness of the capacity penetration screen, offers potential short-term solutions which could effectively allow fast-track interconnection to many PV system applications, and considers longer-term solutions for increasing PV deployment levels in a safe and reliable manner while reducing or eliminating the emphasis on the penetration screen.

  7. Financing Non-Residential Photovoltaic Projects: Options and Implications

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    Bolinger, Mark

    2009-01-09T23:59:59.000Z

    Installations of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States have increased dramatically in recent years, growing from less than 20 MW in 2000 to nearly 500 MW at the end of 2007, a compound average annual growth rate of 59%. Of particular note is the increasing contribution of 'non-residential' grid-connected PV systems--defined here as those systems installed on the customer (rather than utility) side of the meter at commercial, institutional, non-profit, or governmental properties--to the overall growth trend. Although there is some uncertainty in the numbers, non-residential PV capacity grew from less than half of aggregate annual capacity installations in 2000-2002 to nearly two-thirds in 2007. This relative growth trend is expected to have continued through 2008. The non-residential sector's commanding lead in terms of installed capacity in recent years primarily reflects two important differences between the non-residential and residential markets: (1) the greater federal 'Tax Benefits'--including the 30% investment tax credit (ITC) and accelerated tax depreciation--provided to commercial (relative to residential) PV systems, at least historically (this relative tax advantage has largely disappeared starting in 2009) and (2) larger non-residential project size. These two attributes have attracted to the market a number of institutional investors (referred to in this report as 'Tax Investors') seeking to invest in PV projects primarily to capture their Tax Benefits. The presence of these Tax Investors, in turn, has fostered a variety of innovative approaches to financing non-residential PV systems. This financial innovation--which is the topic of this report--has helped to overcome some of the largest barriers to the adoption of non-residential PV, and is therefore partly responsible (along with the policy changes that have driven this innovation) for the rapid growth in the market seen in recent years.ii Specifically, due to financial innovation, non-residential entities interested in PV no longer face prohibitively high up-front costs, no longer need to be able to absorb Tax Benefits in order to make the economics pencil out, no longer need to be able to operate and maintain the system, and no longer need to accept the risk that the system does not perform as expected.

  8. DOE High Performance Concentrator PV Project

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    McConnell, R.; Symko-Davies, M.

    2005-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Much in demand are next-generation photovoltaic (PV) technologies that can be used economically to make a large-scale impact on world electricity production. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiated the High-Performance Photovoltaic (HiPerf PV) Project to substantially increase the viability of PV for cost-competitive applications so that PV can contribute significantly to both our energy supply and environment. To accomplish such results, the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) directs in-house and subcontracted research in high-performance polycrystalline thin-film and multijunction concentrator devices with the goal of enabling progress of high-efficiency technologies toward commercial-prototype products. We will describe the details of the subcontractor and in-house progress in exploring and accelerating pathways of III-V multijunction concentrator solar cells and systems toward their long-term goals. By 2020, we anticipate that this project will have demonstrated 33% system efficiency and a system price of $1.00/Wp for concentrator PV systems using III-V multijunction solar cells with efficiencies over 41%.

  9. November 21, 2000 PV Lesson Plan 2 Sample Questions & Answers

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    Oregon, University of

    November 21, 2000 PV Lesson Plan 2 ­ Sample Questions & Answers Prepared for the Oregon Million Solar Roofs Coalition By Frank Vignola ­ University of Oregon Solar Radiation Monitoring Lab John Hocken your understanding: 1. The typical voltage of a silicon solar cell is about 0.5 volts; where does

  10. Structural considerations for solar installers : an approach for small, simplified solar installations or retrofits.

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    Richards, Elizabeth H.; Schindel, Kay (City of Madison, WI); Bosiljevac, Tom; Dwyer, Stephen F.; Lindau, William (Lindau Companies, Inc., Hudson, WI); Harper, Alan (City of Madison, WI)

    2011-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Structural Considerations for Solar Installers provides a comprehensive outline of structural considerations associated with simplified solar installations and recommends a set of best practices installers can follow when assessing such considerations. Information in the manual comes from engineering and solar experts as well as case studies. The objectives of the manual are to ensure safety and structural durability for rooftop solar installations and to potentially accelerate the permitting process by identifying and remedying structural issues prior to installation. The purpose of this document is to provide tools and guidelines for installers to help ensure that residential photovoltaic (PV) power systems are properly specified and installed with respect to the continuing structural integrity of the building.

  11. PV array simulator development and validation.

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    Kuszmaul, Scott S.; Gonzalez, Sigifredo; Lucca, Roberto (Ametek Programmable Power, San Diego, CA); Deuel, Don (Ametek Programmable Power, San Diego, CA)

    2010-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The ability to harvest all available energy from a photovoltaic (PV) array is essential if new system developments are to meet levelized cost of energy targets and achieve grid parity with conventional centralized utility power. Therefore, exercising maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms, dynamic irradiance condition operation and startup and shutdown routines and evaluating inverter performance with various PV module fill-factor characteristics must be performed with a repeatable, reliable PV source. Sandia National Laboratories is collaborating with Ametek Programmable Power to develop and demonstrate a multi-port TerraSAS PV array simulator. The simulator will replicate challenging PV module profiles, enabling the evaluation of inverter performance through analyses of the parameters listed above. Energy harvest algorithms have traditionally implemented methods that successfully utilize available energy. However, the quantification of energy capture has always been difficult to conduct, specifically when characterizing the inverter performance under non-reproducible dynamic irradiance conditions. Theoretical models of the MPPT algorithms can simulate capture effectiveness, but full validation requires a DC source with representative field effects. The DC source being developed by Ametek and validated by Sandia is a fully integrated system that can simulate an IV curve from the Solar Advisor Model (SAM) module data base. The PV simulator allows the user to change the fill factor by programming the maximum power point voltage and current parameters and the open circuit voltage and short circuit current. The integrated PV simulator can incorporate captured irradiance and module temperature data files for playback, and scripted profiles can be generated to validate new emerging hardware embedded with existing and evolving MPPT algorithms. Since the simulator has multiple independent outputs, it also has the flexibility to evaluate an inverter with multiple MPPT DC inputs. The flexibility of the PV simulator enables the validation of the inverter's capability to handle vastly different array configurations.

  12. Real Power and Reactive Power Control of a Three-Phase Single-Stage-PV System and PV voltage Stability

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    Li, Huijuan [ORNL] [ORNL; Xu, Yan [ORNL] [ORNL; Adhikari, Sarina [ORNL] [ORNL; Rizy, D Tom [ORNL] [ORNL; Li, Fangxing [ORNL] [ORNL; Irminger, Philip [ORNL] [ORNL

    2012-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems with power electronic interfaces can provide both real and reactive power to meet power system needs with appropriate control algorithms. This paper presents the control algorithm design for a three-phase single-stage grid-connected PV inverter to achieve either maximum power point tracking (MPPT) or a certain amount of real power injection, as well as the voltage/var control. The switching between MPPT control mode and a certain amount of real power control mode is automatic and seamless. Without the DC-to-DC booster stage, PV DC voltage stability is an important issue in the control design especially when the PV inverter is operating at maximum power point (MPP) with voltage/var control. The PV DC voltage collapse phenomenon and its reason are discussed. The method based on dynamic correction of the PV inverter output is proposed to ensure PV DC voltage stability. Simulation results of the single-stage PV system during system disturbances and fast solar irradiation changes confirm that the proposed control algorithm for single-stage PV inverters can provide appropriate real and reactive power services and ensure PV DC voltage stability during dynamic system operation and atmospheric conditions.

  13. PV Validation and Bankability Workshop: San Jose, California

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    Granata, J.; Howard, J.

    2011-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This report is a collaboration between Sandia National Laboratories, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC). The report provides feedback from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar Program PV Validation and Bankability Workshop in San Jose, California on August 31, 2011. It focuses on the current state of PV in the United States, private funding to fund U.S. PV industry growth, roles and functions of the regional test center program, and ways to improve the current validation and bankability practices.

  14. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    solar PV power recognizing that it produces a disproportionate amount of its outputsolar power, because spatially distributed solar PV resources are not likely to have a high second-to-second correlation in output,Power from Solar PVs As with the solar PV production data, there are two conceptual approaches to valuing solar output

  15. Statistical analysis of solar irradiation in a distributed microgrid

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    Harper, James Patrick

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    To allow residential solar power to continue its growth andalone (2). To allow solar power to continue its growth and

  16. Review of combined photovoltaic/thermal collector: solar assisted heat pump system options

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    Sheldon, D.B.; Russell, M.C.

    1980-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The advantages of using photovoltaic (PV) and combined photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) collectors in conjunction with residential heat pumps are examined. The thermal and electrical power requirements of similar residences in New York City and Fort Worth are the loads under consideration. The TRNSYS energy balance program is used to simulate the operations of parallel, series, and cascade solar assisted heat pump systems. Similar work involving exclusively thermal collectors is reviewed, and the distinctions between thermal and PV/T systems are emphasized. Provided the defrost problem can be satisfactorily controlled, lifecycle cost analyses show that at both locations the optimum collector area is less than 50 m/sup 2/ and that the parallel system is preferred.

  17. Supporting Photovoltaics in Market-Rate Residential NewConstruction: A Summary of Programmatic Experience to Date and LessonsLearned

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    Barbose, Galen; Wiser, Ryan; Bolinger, Mark

    2006-02-10T23:59:59.000Z

    As a market segment for solar photovoltaic (PV) adoption, new homes have a number of attractive attributes. Homebuyers can easily roll the cost of the PV system into their tax-deductible home mortgage and, with rebates and other financial incentives, potentially achieve an immediate net-positive cash flow from the investment. New homes are amenable to building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), which are less susceptible to aesthetic concerns than traditional, rack-mounted systems. The performance of PV systems can be optimized on new homes by taking roof orientation and shading into account when designing the home. Perhaps most importantly, subdivisions with PV systems installed on a large number of homes offer potential cost savings from volume purchases of modules and inverters and from scale economies in system design and installation. Finally, the ability of builders to install PV as a standard feature on multiple homes in new subdivisions offers an opportunity to circumvent the high transaction costs and information-related market barriers typically confronted when each individual homeowner must make a decision about installing PV. Builders may benefit in several ways from incorporating PV into new homes. Builders may gain greater market differentiation, enhanced media exposure, and less community or political opposition to development projects. Additionally, if homebuyers place a high value on PV, builders may be able to earn additional profits, just as they would on granite countertops or other high-value home features. Although the impact of PV on the original sale price of new homes has not yet been rigorously examined, some limited empirical evidence does suggest that PV and energy efficient features may have a positive effect on resale value. Along with its unique advantages, residential new construction also faces unique barriers to PV adoption. Most fundamentally, perhaps, is the general aversion to technology risk within the building industry, particularly in ''hot'' housing markets where builders face little difficulty selling homes. Builders may also be concerned about the up-front cost of PV and its impact on new home prices and profits. The potential for project delays associated with PV module availability, installation scheduling, utility interconnection agreements, building inspections, permit processing, or other factors, may also be of great concern. Finally, many builders may believe that most homebuyers are not particularly interested in PV, given its cost, and that some may even be opposed based on concerns about aesthetics, maintenance, or reliability. In this paper, prepared on behalf of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), we describe early efforts by state clean energy funds to support the deployment of PV in new, market-rate homes. (Other recent reports prepared for CESA describe experiences with programs targeting affordable housing.) We focus on the activities of clean energy funds in nine states that have funded specific projects and/or have offered targeted programs for PV in market-rate residential new construction. We also include in our review several other state or local organizations whose efforts are particularly noteworthy or have some direct bearing on the efforts of clean energy funds in the same state--however, we do not attempt to comprehensively review the activities of entities other than state clean energy funds.

  18. Soiling losses for solar photovoltaic systems in California

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    Mejia, Felipe A; Kleissl, Jan

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    the fall restore the t PV plant t to the effic ciency observrainfall for a 554 kW dc PV plant in Hanford H Kin ngs, CAthe efficiency of solar PV plants. The accumulated soiling

  19. Transformation of California's Residential Photovoltaics Market Through Third-Party Ownership

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    Drury, E.; Miller, M.; Macal, C. M.; Graziano, D. J.; Heimiller, D.; Ozik, J.; Perry, T. D.

    2012-03-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Third-party photovoltaics (PV) ownership is a rapidly growing market trend, where commercial companies own and operate customer-sited PV systems and lease PV equipment or sell PV electricity to the building occupant. Third-party PV companies can reduce or eliminate up-front adoption costs, reduce technology risk and complexity by monitoring system performance, and can repackage the PV value proposition by showing cost savings in the first month of ownership rather than payback times on the order of a decade. We find that the entrance of third-party business models in southern California residential PV markets has enticed a new demographic to adopt PV systems that is more highly correlated to younger, less affluent, and less educated populations than the demographics correlated to purchasing PV systems. By enticing new demographics to adopt PV, we find that third-party PV products are likely increasing total PV demand rather than gaining market share entirely at the expense of existing customer owned PV demand. We also find that mean population demographics are good predictors of third-party and customer owned PV adoption, and mean voting trends on California carbon policy (Proposition 23) are poor predictors of PV adoption.

  20. CoServ- Solar Energy Rebate (Texas)

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    '''''NOTE: Available funding for fiscal year 2012 has been exhausted for the CoServ Solar PV Rebate Program.'''''

  1. E-Print Network 3.0 - assess solar detoxification Sample Search...

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    accessibility of solar installation training and expand the nation's trained solar... on solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating and cooling (SHC) ... Source: North Carolina...

  2. Financing Non-Residential Photovoltaic Projects: Options and Implications

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    Bolinger, Mark

    2009-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Coggeshall. 2008. Solar Photovoltaic Financing: DeploymentEconomics of Commercial Photovoltaic Systems in California.Financing Non-Residential Photovoltaic Projects: Options and

  3. Solar Thermal Incentive Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers incentives for the installation of solar water heating systems to residential and non-residential customers of the...

  4. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

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    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Shannon Moynahan, “The California Solar Initiative — TriumphRates Undermine California’s Solar Photovoltaic Subsidies? ”to the fact that solar PV in California has not been focused

  5. Solel och solvärme ur LCC-perspektiv för ett passiv-flerbostadshus; PV and solar thermal for a multiple dwelling passive house under a LCC-perspective.

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    Böhme Florén, Simon

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    ?? This master’s degree project concerns the combination of a multi dwelling passive house with solar energy for the generation of electricity and domestic hot… (more)

  6. Rooftop PV Potential for Scotland: Preliminary Analysis Professor Gareth Harrison and Dr Lucy Cradden

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    Painter, Kevin

    . Uncertainties An analysis of UK solar potential is based on a similar approach using aggregate land use data in suitable area to allow for shading and other effects. The solar PV potential per square metre of roof has was used to determine annual output for standard PV arrays in each location. It found annual production

  7. PV AND GRID RELIABILITY: AVAILABILITY OF PV POWER DURING CAPACITY SHORTFALLS

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    Perez, Richard R.

    from a stream of actual load and PV output data: (1) The effective load carrying capability (ELCC output was simulated using high-resolution satellite cloud cover data [7]. The results are reported; (3) the solar load controller's (SLC) minimum temperature adjustment [6], is an other indirect

  8. JEA- Solar Incentive Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The JEA Solar Incentive Program provides rebates to JEA's residential customers who install new and retrofit solar hot water heaters on their homes. The rebate is worth $800 for new solar thermal...

  9. How Can We Make PV Modules Safer?: Preprint

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    Wohlgemuth, J. H.; Kurtz, S. R.

    2012-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Safety is a prime concern for the photovoltaics (PV) industry. As a technology deployed on residential and commercial buildings, it is critical that PV not cause damage to the buildings nor harm the occupants. Many of the PV systems on buildings are of sufficiently high voltage (300 to 600 Volts dc) that they may present potential hazards. These PV systems must be safe in terms of mechanical damage (nothing falls on someone), shock hazard (no risk of electrical shock when touching an exposed circuit element), and fire (the modules neither cause nor promote a fire). The present safety standards (IEC 61730 and UL 1703) do a good job of providing for design rules and test requirements for mechanical, shock, and spread of flame dangers. However, neither standard addresses the issue of electrical arcing within a module that can cause a fire. To make PV modules, they must be designed, built, and installed with an emphasis on minimizing the potential for open circuits and ground faults. This paper provides recommendations on redundant connection designs, robust mounting methods, and changes to the safety standards to yield safer PV modules.

  10. Solar Photovoltaic Capacity F t P f d P li

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    6/19/2013 1 Solar Photovoltaic ­ Capacity F t P f d P li Generating Resources Advisory Committee Advisor Model (SAM), version 2013.1.15 Technology: Solar PV (PVWatts system model)Technology: Solar PV (MWh) (First year output, each year thereafter degrades 0.5%) 6 #12;6/19/2013 4 Shape of PNW Solar PV

  11. A Better Steam Engine: Designing a Distributed Concentrating Solar Combined Heat and Power System

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    Norwood, Zachary Mills

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    the subject of residential solar CHP, volumetric expansionthesis devoted to residential solar CHP systems) that inCHP system, in the 1-10 kW peak electric range, will be appropriate for small residential

  12. 2013 ISES Solar World Congress Review of satellite-based surface solar irradiation databases for

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    Recanati, Catherine

    , either photovoltaic (PV) or thermal solar. This paper focuses on PV but can surely be extended to thermal solar technology such as concentrating solar power (CSP). PV project developers first need to identify. For that purpose, simulation software such as PVSyst (www.pvsyst.com) considers the behavior of the whole system

  13. High Penetration of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems into the Distribution Grid, Workshop Report, February 24-25, 2009

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    Not Available

    2009-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Outcomes from the EERE Solar Energy Technologies Program workshop on high penetration of photovoltaic (PV) systems into the distribution grid, Feb. 24-25, 2009, Ontario, Calif.

  14. Plug and Play Components for Building Integrated PV Systems, Phase II Final Report, 20 February 2003 - 31 May 2007

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    Rowell, D.

    2008-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Progress by Schott Solar, Inc. under NREL's PV Manufacturing R&D Project. Details progress on meter-interconnect device; free-standing mounting system; dark I-V curves to unearth problems with PV module strings; new 34-V version of ASE-300 PV module; and updated source-circuit protectors.

  15. Teksun PV Manufacturing Inc | Open Energy Information

    Open Energy Info (EERE)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Google Bookmark EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Office of InspectorConcentrating SolarElectric Coop, Inc Place:Innovation & Solutions HomeTeksun PV Manufacturing

  16. Developed by: Solar Permitting Work Group

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    of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. California Solar Permitting Guidebook Improving Permit Review and Approval for Small Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems June 2012 First Edition #12;California Solar Permitting Guidebook2 California Solar Permitting Guidebook Improving Permit Review and Approval for Small Solar Photovoltaic (PV

  17. Residential Buildings

    U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Indexed Site

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE:1 First Use of Energy for All Purposes (Fuel and Nonfuel),Feet) Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 2007 10,998 9,933 10,998 10,643 10,998throughThousand CubicWashington Natural GasResidential Residential

  18. Sustainable Energy Resources for Consumers Webinar on Solar Water Heating Transcript

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Video recording transcript of a Webinar on Nov. 16, 2010 about residential solar water heating applications

  19. Open PV Project: Unlocking PV Installation Data (Brochure)

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    Not Available

    2012-04-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This brochure summarizes the Open PV Project, a collaborative effort of government, industry, and the public to compile a comprehensive database of PV installations in the United States. The brochure outlines the purpose and history of the project as well as the main capabilities and benefits of the online Open PV tool. The brochure also introduces how features of the tool are used, and it describes the sources and characteristics of Open PV's data and data collection processes.

  20. The Potential Impact of Increased Renewable Energy Penetrations on Electricity Bill Savings from Residential Photovoltaic Systems

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    Barbose, Galen

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    concentrated solar power (CSP), and wind penetrations in theis met by wind, solar PV, concentrating solar power with 6schemes on power prices: The case of wind electricity in

  1. Solar Real-Time Pricing: Is Real-Time Electricity Pricing Beneficial...

    Energy Savers [EERE]

    to Solar PV in New York City? Solar Real-Time Pricing: Is Real-Time Electricity Pricing Beneficial to Solar PV in New York City? The goal of this study is to evaluate the...

  2. Analysis of International Policies In The Solar Electricity Sector: Lessons for India

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    Deshmukh, Ranjit

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    S. and Yuan, L.Y. (2007), “China’s Solar Energy Industry:the examples of China and Taiwan that Solar PV saw a largetariffs Figure 7: China’s annual solar PV installation and

  3. Literature Review of Uncertainty of Analysis Methods (PV F-Chart Program), Report to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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    Haberl, J. S.; Cho, S.

    2004-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    -792)....................................................................................................... 11 6.2 Example 2: Calculations of Monthly Electrical Output and Solar Fraction for a PV Power System Array Using the PV F-Chart Program of DOS Version 3.1. 14 7 References...: Calculations of Monthly Electrical Output and Solar Fraction for a PV Power System Array Using the PV F-Chart Program of DOS Version 3.1. This second example shows the selections of system, collector type and other parameters that are needed for the PV F...

  4. SOLAR ENERGY PROGRAM. CHAPTER FROM THE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT ANNUAL REPORT 1978

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    authors, Various

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    passive solar system analysis capabilities to the building designpassive solar design concepts to the non-residential building

  5. Deed Restrictions for Solar

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This report summarizes the efforts made to address Task 3 - Examples of Residential Deed Restrictions Allowing Solar. The focus of the study is on communities surrounding Houston, Texas.

  6. Solar | Department of Energy

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Soft costs now account for more than 60% of the total price of installing residential solar energy systems.

  7. The Market Value and Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Production

    E-Print Network [OSTI]

    Borenstein, Severin

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    high cost of power from solar photovoltaic (PV) panels hassolar panels can be more closely synchronized with system demand, but at a costcost of the solar PV installation is equivalent to purchasing each MWh over the life of the panels

  8. Residential propane price decreases

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE:1 First Use of Energy for All Purposes (Fuel and Nonfuel),Feet) Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May JunDatastreamsmmcrcalgovInstrumentsrucLas ConchasPassive Solar HomePromisingStories »Submitter A Bheatingpropane6, 2014 Residential

  9. Residential propane price decreases

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE:1 First Use of Energy for All Purposes (Fuel and Nonfuel),Feet) Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May JunDatastreamsmmcrcalgovInstrumentsrucLas ConchasPassive Solar HomePromisingStories »Submitter A Bheatingpropane6, 2014 Residential05,

  10. Solar Rights

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Hawaii law prohibits the creation of any covenant or restriction contained in any document restricting the installation or use of a solar energy system on a residential dwelling or townhouse. ...

  11. Solar Construction Permitting Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Owners of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heating systems in Arizona are required to obtain a building permit before their systems may be installed. Permits are handled at the...

  12. Solar Construction Permitting Standards

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Owners of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar water heating systems in Colorado are required to obtain a building permit before their systems may be installed. Permits are handled at the...

  13. Solar powered desalination system

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    Mateo, Tiffany Alisa

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of the electrical power output to the solar power input), aSolar Energy Calculator using Google Maps 23 Table 1.24: PV System Power Production Average Daily Irradiance (kWh/m2) Instillation Efficiency Labeled Efficiency Output

  14. CT Solar Loan

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority is offering a pilot loan program, CT Solar Loan, to provide homeowners with 15-year loans for solar PV equipment. The loans are administered...

  15. Testing for PV Reliability (Presentation)

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    Kurtz, S.; Bansal, S.

    2014-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The DOE SUNSHOT workshop is seeking input from the community about PV reliability and how the DOE might address gaps in understanding. This presentation describes the types of testing that are needed for PV reliability and introduces a discussion to identify gaps in our understanding of PV reliability testing.

  16. Residential Services Headlease residents

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    Sussex, University of

    Residential Services Headlease residents handbook 2013-2014 #12;Map of Brighton inside front cover packs Rent 5 Residential Advisor (RA) network 6 Senior residential advisors Residential Student Support Contents Contents Brighton 1 #12;Welcome Congratulations on securing your place at Sussex. Residential

  17. Residential Photovoltaic Energy Systems in California: The Effect on Home Sales Prices

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    Hoen, Ben

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Commission (CPUC) "CPUC California Solar Initiative: 2009California has been and continues to be the country’s largest market for photovoltaic solar (solar PV is expanding rapidly in the U.S. Almost 100,000 PV systems have been installed in California

  18. Sawnee EMC- Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Sawnee EMC offers a rebate of $300 per kilowatt (kW) to residential customers who install photovoltaic (PV) systems that meet the cooperative's [http://www.sawnee.com/Rate%20Pdfs/NEM%20Rider.pdf...

  19. PV Module Reliability R&D Project Overview

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    Hulstrom, R. L.

    2005-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program includes a sub-key activity entitled ''Photovoltaic Module Reliability R&D''. This activity has been in existence for several years to help ensure that the PV technologies that advance to the commercial module stage have acceptable service lifetimes and annual performance degradation rates. The long-term (2020) goal, as stated in the Solar Program Multi-Year Technical Plan [1], is to assist industry with the development of PV systems that have 30-year service lifetimes and 1% annual performance degradation rates. The corresponding module service lifetimes and annual performance degradation rate would have to be 30 years lifetime and approximately 0.5% (or less, depending on the type of PV system) annual performance degradation. Reaching this goal is critical to achieving the PV technology Levelized Energy Cost Targets, as listed and described in the Solar Program Multi-Year Technical Plan. This paper is an overview of the Module Reliability R&D sub-key activity. More details and the major results and accomplishments are covered in the papers presented in the PV Module Reliability Session of the DOE Solar Energy Technology Review Meeting, October 25-28, 2004, in Denver, Colorado.

  20. Optimal Dispatch of Photovoltaic Inverters in Residential Distribution Systems

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    Giannakis, Georgios

    , reactive power generation/consumption based on monitoring local electrical quantities has been recog- nized method for determining the active- and reactive-power set points for PV inverters in residential systems as a viable option to effect voltage regulation [4], [8]­[12]. However, such reactive power control (RPC

  1. Innovation and Success in Solar Permitting and Inspection

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    This document summarizes several successful initiatives to streamline and standardize permitting requirements for local solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.

  2. Electricity Bill Savings from Residential Photovoltaic Systems: Sensitivities to Changes in Future Electricity Market Conditions

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    Darghouth, Naim

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    schemes on power prices: The case of wind electricity inand Wind Penetration. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems 27,of wind (50%), PV (35%), and concentrating solar power (CSP,

  3. Broward County Online Solar Permitting (Florida)

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Broward County now offers Go SOLAR Online Permitting*, for rooftop solar photovoltaic system permitting. This online permitting system may be used for residential or low commercial properties that...

  4. Letting The Sun Shine On Solar Costs: An Empirical Investigation Of Photovoltaic Cost Trends In California

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    Wiser, Ryan; Bolinger, Mark; Cappers, Peter; Margolis, Robert

    2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    installations. This California Solar Initiative has the2. CALIFORNIA’S SOLAR PROGRAMS California’s PV market isramifications, both for California’s new solar programs and

  5. Protecting Solar Rights in California Through an Exploration of the California Water Doctrine

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    Fedman, Anna

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, grows increasingly more Currently there are  solar panels on one percent of technology.   The number of solar panel installations maybe 

  6. Energy and Society (ER100/PP184/ER200/PP284) Topics: PV, Wind, environmental justice

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    Kammen, Daniel M.

    ? [2 points] ii. [ER200/PP286 only] Relative to using average utility rates, how could time-of-use (TOU. How might our results for the levelized cost of PV electricity differ if we were considering utility-scale installations instead of residential-scale rooftop installations? List and explain three other factors we would

  7. Kauai Island Utility Co-op (KIUC) PV integration study.

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    Ellis, Abraham; Mousseau, Tom (Knoxville, TN)

    2011-08-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This report investigates the effects that increased distributed photovoltaic (PV) generation would have on the Kauai Island Utility Co-op (KIUC) system operating requirements. The study focused on determining reserve requirements needed to mitigate the impact of PV variability on system frequency, and the impact on operating costs. Scenarios of 5-MW, 10-MW, and 15-MW nameplate capacity of PV generation plants distributed across the Kauai Island were considered in this study. The analysis required synthesis of the PV solar resource data and modeling of the KIUC system inertia. Based on the results, some findings and conclusions could be drawn, including that the selection of units identified as marginal resources that are used for load following will change; PV penetration will displace energy generated by existing conventional units, thus reducing overall fuel consumption; PV penetration at any deployment level is not likely to reduce system peak load; and increasing PV penetration has little effect on load-following reserves. The study was performed by EnerNex under contract from Sandia National Laboratories with cooperation from KIUC.

  8. Review of PV Inverter Technology Cost and Performance Projections

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    Navigant Consulting Inc.

    2006-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has a major responsibility in the implementation of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Solar Energy Technologies Program. Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has a major role in supporting inverter development, characterization, standards, certifications, and verifications. The Solar Energy Technologies Program recently published a Multiyear Technical Plan, which establishes a goal of reducing the Levelized Energy Cost (LEC) for photovoltaic (PV) systems to $0.06/kWh by 2020. The Multiyear Technical Plan estimates that, in order to meet the PV system goal, PV inverter prices will need to decline to $0.25-0.30 Wp by 2020. DOE determined the need to conduct a rigorous review of the PV Program's technical and economic targets, including the target set for PV inverters. NREL requested that Navigant Consulting Inc.(NCI) conduct a review of historical and projected cost and performance improvements for PV inverters, including identification of critical barriers identified and the approaches government might use to address them.

  9. NETL F 451.1-1/1 Categorical Exclusion (CX) Designation Form

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    Energy Program Involves implementation of residential and competitive market-based solar PV incentive programs, and provides financial support for solar PV and thermal...

  10. NETL F 451.1/1-1, Categorical Exclusion Designation Form

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    for Renewable Energy Program Will implement a residential and competitive market-based solar PV incentive programs, and provide financial support for solar PV and thermal...

  11. Semitransparent ultrathin CdTe solar cells Semitransparent ultrathin CdTe solar cells and durabilityand durability

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    Rollins, Andrew M.

    Semitransparent ultrathin CdTe solar cells Semitransparent ultrathin CdTe solar cells PV coatings based on CdTe. ...for transparent window PV:...for transparent window PV: , p g · The X26 for ultrathin CdTe · X26 PV window coatings (250 500 nm of CdTe) are attractive very low cost and· X26 PV window

  12. Electronic copy available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2014738 Published: J. M. Pearce, "Expanding Photovoltaic Penetration with Residential Distributed Generation

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Photovoltaic Penetration with Residential Distributed Generation from Hybrid Solar Photovoltaic + Combined Heat.08.012 Expanding Photovoltaic Penetration with Residential Distributed Generation from Hybrid Solar Photovoltaic and power (CHP) systems has provided the opportunity for inhouse power backup of residentialscale

  13. Reaching Grid Parity Using BP Solar Crystalline Silicon Technology: A Systems Class Application

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    Cunningham, Daniel W; Wohlgemuth, John; Carlson, David E; Clark, Roger F; Gleaton, Mark; Posbic, John P; Zahler, James

    2010-12-06T23:59:59.000Z

    The primary target market for this program was the residential and commercial PV markets, drawing on BP Solar's premium product and service offerings, brand and marketing strength, and unique routes to market. These two markets were chosen because: (1) in 2005 they represented more than 50% of the overall US PV market; (2) they are the two markets that will likely meet grid parity first; and (3) they are the two market segments in which product development can lead to the added value necessary to generate market growth before reaching grid parity. Federal investment in this program resulted in substantial progress toward the DOE TPP target, providing significant advancements in the following areas: (1) Lower component costs particularly the modules and inverters. (2) Increased availability and lower cost of silicon feedstock. (3) Product specifically developed for residential and commercial applications. (4) Reducing the cost of installation through optimization of the products. (5) Increased value of electricity in mid-term to drive volume increases, via the green grid technology. (6) Large scale manufacture of PV products in the US, generating increased US employment in manufacturing and installation. To achieve these goals BP Solar assembled a team that included suppliers of critical materials, automated equipment developers/manufacturers, inverter and other BOS manufacturers, a utility company, and University research groups. The program addressed all aspects of the crystalline silicon PV business from raw materials (particularly silicon feedstock) through installation of the system on the customers site. By involving the material and equipment vendors, we ensured that supplies of silicon feedstock and other PV specific materials like encapsulation materials (EVA and cover glass) will be available in the quantities required to meet the DOE goals of 5 to 10 GW of installed US PV by 2015 and at the prices necessary for PV systems to reach grid parity in 2015. This final technical report highlights the accomplishments of the BP Solar technical team from 2006 to the end of the project in February 2010. All the main contributors and team members are recognized for this accomplishment and their endeavors are recorded in the twelve main tasks described here.

  14. CuIn{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}Ga{sub {ital x}}Se{sub 2} and CdTe PV solar cells

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    Dhere, N.G. [Florida Solar Energy Center, 300 State Rd 401, Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920-4099 (United States)

    1996-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Higher indium proportion in the first precursor was employed to eliminate pits in CuIn{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}Ga{sub {ital x}}Se{sub 2} films prepared by two Se-vapor selenizations of metallic precursors. CuIn{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}Ga{sub {ital x}}Se{sub 2} films had large, faceted grains, and a near-optimum composition Cu:In:Ga:Se 24.25:22.21:4.40:49.14. Ga incorporated using a Cu-Ga(22 at. {percent}) alloy target was enhanced by optimizing the time-temperature profiles of selenizations. CuIn{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}Ga{sub {ital x}}Se{sub 2} solar cells gave {ital V}{sub oc} of 451.8 mV, {ital J}{sub sc} of 34.5 mA, FF of 57.87{percent}, total area efficiency of 9.02{percent}. CdTe thin films were prepared by heat treatment of magnetron-sputtered elemental Cd/Te stacks. Formation of extraneous oxide phases was avoided by optimizing ambients, temperature, and CdCl{sub 2} treatment. CdTe solar cells gave maximum {ital V}{sub oc} of {approximately}600 mV, {ital J}{sub sc} of {approximately}5 mA.cm{sup {minus}2}, very low FF and efficiency probably due to blocking layer or junction away from CdS{backslash}CdTe interface. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  15. Lightweight PV Inverters: Dual Bi-Directional IGBTs Modules Enables Breakthrough PV Inverter Using Current Modulation Topology

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    None

    2012-01-30T23:59:59.000Z

    Solar ADEPT Project: PV inverters convert DC power generated by modules into usable AC power. IPC’s initial 30kW 94lb. PV inverter reduces the weight of comparable 30kW PV inverters by 90%—reducing the cost of materials, manufacturing, shipping, and installation. With ARPA-E support, new bi-directional silicon power switches will be developed, commercialized, and utilized in IPC’s next-generation PV inverter. With these components, IPC will produce 100kW inverters that weight less than 100lb., reducing the weight of conventional 3,000lb. 100kW inverters by more than 95%. The new power switches will cut IPC’s $/W manufacturing cost in half, as well as further reduce indirect shipping and installation costs.

  16. 2 IAEI NEWS November. December 2012 www.iaei.org pv systems in unusual locations

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    Johnson, Eric E.

    the circulating pump. The combination of a PV- powered pump with a solar collector works well since bright sun they be permit- ted and inspected? Here are some examples of such systems. Electric Gate Openers PV-powered at night and during cloudy weather. Normally the prod- ucts are sold as a kit and installed by the building

  17. Energy and Society (ER100/PP184/ER200/PP284) Topics: PV, Wind, environmental justice

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    Kammen, Daniel M.

    Energy and Society (ER100/PP184/ER200/PP284) Topics: PV, Wind, environmental justice Due Nov. 21 [ER200/PP284] - 1 - 1. Comparing PV costs across the US [24 points] In this question we are going to compare the costs of generating electricity using solar energy in different parts of the United States. a

  18. Environmental impacts of large-scale grid-connected ground-mounted PV installations

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    deployment and solar energy use are developing rapidly in Europe. In particular, Austria, Switzerland the higher external environmental costs of PV compared to those of nuclear energy and natural-gas-fuel power,6]. They highlighted the photovoltaic potential for a low carbon energy supply and the environmental benefits of PV

  19. Optimal Design of Hybrid Energy System with PV/ Wind Turbine/ Storage: A Case Study

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    Low, Steven H.

    with photovoltaic (PV) arrays, wind turbines, and battery storage is designed based on empirical weather and load with renewable resources such as solar and wind power, supplemented with battery storage in a case study. One ­ the size of PV arrays, the number of wind turbines and the capacity of battery storage ­ that limit

  20. World Renewable Energy Congress 2011 Sweden Photovoltaic Technology (PV) 8-11 May 2011, Linkping, Sweden

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    or (2) wood supports, and mobile structures with (3) single-axis trackers or (4) dual-axis trackers performance. Mobile PV installations with dual-axis trackers show the largest impact potential on ecosystem installations 1. Introduction PV systems deployment and solar energy use are developing rapidly in Europe

  1. Characterizing Shading Losses on Partially Shaded PV Systems (Presentation)

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    Deline, C.

    2010-09-23T23:59:59.000Z

    Presentation on shaded PV power loss, practical issues with modeling shaded PV, and methods of implementing partially shaded PV modeling.

  2. 3-Port Single-Stage PV & Battery Converter Improves Efficiency and Cost in Combined PV/Battery Systems

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    Bundschuh, Paul [Ideal Power

    2013-03-23T23:59:59.000Z

    Due to impressive cost reductions in recent years, photovoltaic (PV) generation is now able to produce electricity at highly competitive prices, but PV’s inherent intermittency reduces the potential value of this energy. The integration of battery storage with PV will be transformational by increasing the value of solar. Utility scale systems will benefit by firming intermittency including PV ramp smoothing, grid support and load shifting, allowing PV to compete directly with conventional generation. For distributed grid-tied PV adding storage will reduce peak demand utility charges, as well as providing backup power during power grid failures. The largest long term impact of combined PV and battery systems may be for delivering reliable off-grid power to the billions of individuals globally without access to conventional power grids, or for billions more that suffer from daily power outages. PV module costs no longer dominate installed PV system costs. Balance-of-System (BOS) costs including the PV inverter and installation now contribute the majority of installed system costs. Battery costs are also dropping faster than installation and battery power converter systems. In each of these separate systems power converters have become a bottleneck for efficiency, cost and reliability. These bottlenecks are compounded in hybrid power conversion systems that combine separate PV and battery converters. Hybrid power conversion systems have required multiple power converters hardware units and multiple power conversion steps adding to efficiency losses, product and installation costs, and reliability issues. Ideal Power Converters has developed and patented a completely new theory of operation for electronic power converters using its indirect EnergyPacket Switching™ topology. It has established successful power converter products for both PV and battery systems, and its 3-Port Hybrid Converter is the first product to exploit the topology’s capability for the industry’s first single-stage multi-port hybrid power converter. This unique low cost approach eliminates the hybrid power conversion bottlenecks when integrating batteries into PV systems. As result this product will significantly accelerate market adoption of these systems.

  3. Solar Equipment Certification

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Minnesota law requires that all active solar space-heating and water-heating systems, sold, offered for sale, or installed on residential and commercial buildings in the state meet Solar Rating and...

  4. Solar Contractor Licensing

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    Until 1994, Florida offered limited specialty licenses for residential solar hot water and pool heating, as well a general solar contractor's license. These specialty licenses have not been issued...

  5. Efficient Power Converters for PV Arrays : Scalable Submodule Power Conversion for Utility-Scale Photovoltaics

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    None

    2012-02-23T23:59:59.000Z

    Solar ADEPT Project: SolarBridge is developing a new power conversion technique to improve the energy output of PV power plants. This new technique is specifically aimed at large plants where many solar panels are connected together. SolarBridge is correcting for the inefficiencies that occur when two solar panels that encounter different amounts of sun are connected together. In most conventional PV system, the weakest panel limits the energy production of the entire system. That’s because all of the energy collected by the PV system feeds into a single collection point where a central inverter then converts it into useable energy for the grid. SolarBridge has found a more efficient and cost-effective way to convert solar energy, correcting these power differences before they reach the grid.

  6. Riverside Public Utilities- Non-Residential PV Incentive Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    '''''Note: Funding for this program has been exhausted for the remainder of the fiscal year. The program is scheduled to reopen on July 1, 2014.'''''

  7. Summary Review of Advanced Inverter Technologies for Residential PV Systems

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    and Energy Reliability As part of Cooperative Agreement No. DE-EE0003507 Under Task 3.1: Photovoltaic Systems of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-EE0003507 Hawai`i Energy Sustainability Program Subtask 3.1 Photovoltaic Systems: Report 2 Summary of Inverter Technologies Submitted

  8. Measured Performance of California Buydown Program Residential PV Systems

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    of the basis of photovoltaic system "size". Both the magnitude and timing of photovoltaic system energy grid-tied photovoltaic systems installed in California during the past several years have received to characterize system performance. The nineteen monitored systems covered by this paper range in size from 1

  9. State of Solar Photovoltaics in North Carolina

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    meets any increase in retail sales x 2012; (2) 20% RE & CHP x 2017 KS: 20% x 2020 OR: 25% x 2025 (large Interconnection #12;· Corporate and personal · 35% of system cost, with $10,500 cap for residential and $2 purchase agreement NC GreenPower #12;· Progress SunSense, commercial and residential PV incentives · TVA

  10. PV Fact Sheets Argument B1Some people state that "The external costs of PV electricity

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    PV Fact Sheets Argument B1Some people state that "The external costs of PV electricity is much and the low one to thin-film cadmium telluride PV systems. Fossil fuel power plants PV displaces. 5.8 External

  11. The Impact of City-level Permitting Processes on Residential Photovoltaic Installation Prices and Development Times: An Empirical Analysis of Solar Systems in California Cities

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    Wiser, Ryan

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    OPR). 2012. California Solar Permitting Guidebook.plus data from the California Solar Initiative and the U.S.The Sierra Club’s California Solar Permit Fee Campaign

  12. Residential Learning University Housing

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    Rusu, Adrian

    Residential Learning & University Housing Handbook 2008 - 2009 A Guide for Residential Living on the Campus of Rowan University #12;Welcome to Residential Learning & University Housing! The primary purpose of the Office of Residential Life & University Housing is to assist and support students in the pursuit

  13. Residential Colleges NORTHWESTERN

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    Shull, Kenneth R.

    Residential Colleges NORTHWESTERN #12;#12;Dear Northwestern Student: I hope you will review residential colleges. A residential college is a place where you can grow emotionally and intellectually, get and residential college fellows. More than a third of the first-year students living on campus choose to live

  14. RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES NORTHWESTERN

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    Apkarian, A. Vania

    c RESIDENTIAL COLLEGES NORTHWESTERN #12;#12;Dear Northwestern Student: I hope you will review residential colleges. A residential college is a place where you can grow emotionally and intellectually, get and residential college fellows. More than a third of the first-year students living on campus choose to live

  15. The Potential Impact of Increased Renewable Energy Penetration Levels on Electricity Bill Savings From Residential Photovoltaic Systems

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    Barbose, Galen

    2014-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    concentrated solar power (CSP), and wind penetrations in theis met by wind, solar PV, concentrating solar power with 6schemes on power prices: The case of wind electricity in

  16. Grid tied PV system energy smoothing.

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    Barrett, Keith Phillip; Gonzalez, Sigifredo; Hund, Thomas D.

    2010-06-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Grid-tied PV energy smoothing was implemented by using a valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery as a temporary energy storage device to both charge and discharge as required to smooth the inverter energy output from the PV array. Inverter output was controlled by the average solar irradiance over the previous 1h time interval. On a clear day the solar irradiance power curve is offset by about 1h, while on a variable cloudy day the inverter output power curve will be smoothed based on the average solar irradiance. Test results demonstrate that this smoothing algorithm works very well. Battery state of charge was more difficult to manage because of the variable system inefficiencies. Testing continued for 30-days and established consistent operational performance for extended periods of time under a wide variety of resource conditions. Both battery technologies from Exide (Absolyte) and East Penn (Advanced Valve Regulated Lead-Acid) proved to cycle well at a partial state of charge over the time interval tested.

  17. Grid-tied PV battery systems.

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    Barrett, Keith Phillip; Gonzalez, Sigifredo; Hund, Thomas D.

    2010-09-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Grid tied PV energy smoothing was implemented by using a valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery as a temporary energy storage device to both charge and discharge as required to smooth the inverter energy output from the PV array. Inverter output was controlled by the average solar irradiance over the previous 1h time interval. On a clear day the solar irradiance power curve is offset by about 1h, while on a variable cloudy day the inverter output power curve will be smoothed based on the average solar irradiance. Test results demonstrate that this smoothing algorithm works very well. Battery state of charge was more difficult to manage because of the variable system inefficiencies. Testing continued for 30-days and established consistent operational performance for extended periods of time under a wide variety of resource conditions. Both battery technologies from Exide (Absolyte) and East Penn (ALABC Advanced) proved to cycle well at a Partial state of charge over the time interval tested.

  18. Outdoor PV Degradation Comparison

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    Jordan, D. C.; Smith, R. M.; Osterwald, C. R.; Gelak, E.; Kurtz, S. R.

    2011-02-01T23:59:59.000Z

    As photovoltaic (PV) penetration of the power grid increases, it becomes vital to know how decreased power output; may affect cost over time. In order to predict power delivery, the decline or degradation rates must be determined; accurately. At the Performance and Energy Rating Testbed (PERT) at the Outdoor Test Facility (OTF) at the; National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) more than 40 modules from more than 10 different manufacturers; were compared for their long-term outdoor stability. Because it can accommodate a large variety of modules in a; limited footprint the PERT system is ideally suited to compare modules side-by-side under the same conditions.

  19. Sandia National Laboratories: PV

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE:1 First Use of Energy for All Purposes (Fuel and Nonfuel),Feet) Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul(Summary)morphinanInformation Desert Southwest RegionatSearch WelcomeSciencePrograms NuclearPublications AnnualNuclearPV

  20. Sandia National Laboratories: PV

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    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE:1 First Use of Energy for All Purposes (Fuel and Nonfuel),Feet) Year Jan Feb Mar Apr MayAtmosphericNuclear Security Administration the1 -theErik Spoerke SSLSMolten-Salt StorageNoLong RangePILS Sandia'sAdvancedPV

  1. Sandia National Laboratories: PV

    Broader source: All U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office Webpages (Extended Search)

    AFDC Printable Version Share this resource Send a link to EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page to someone by E-mail Share EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Facebook Tweet about EERE: Alternative Fuels Data Center Home Page on Twitter Bookmark EERE:1 First Use of Energy for All Purposes (Fuel and Nonfuel),Feet) Year Jan Feb Mar Apr MayAtmosphericNuclear Security Administration the1 -theErik Spoerke SSLSMolten-Salt StorageNoLong RangePILS Sandia'sAdvancedPVFinancePV

  2. E-Print Network 3.0 - alloy pv manufacturing Sample Search Results

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    63 Beloin-Saint-Pierre, D., Blanc, I., Payet, J., Jacquin, P., Adra, N., Mayer, D., Environmental impact of PV systems: Effects of energy sources used in production of solar...

  3. Fault Current Contribution from Single-Phase PV Inverters

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    Keller, J.; Kroposki, B.; Bravo, R.; Robles, S.

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    A significant increase in photovoltaic (PV) system installations is expected to come on line in the near future and as the penetration level of PV increases, the effect of PV may no longer be considered minimal. One of the most important attributions of additional PV is what effect this may have on protection systems. Protection engineers design protection systems to safely eliminate faults from the electric power system. One of the new technologies recently introduced into the electric power system are distributed energy resources (DER). Currently, inverter-based DER contributes very little to the power balance on all but a few utility distribution systems. As DER become prevalent in the distribution system, equipment rating capability and coordination of protection systems merit a closer investigation. A collaborative research effort between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Southern California Edison (SCE) involved laboratory short-circuit testing single-phase (240 VAC) residential type (between 1.5 and 7kW) inverters. This paper will reveal test results obtained from these short-circuit tests.

  4. Interconnecting PV on New York City's Secondary Network Distribution System

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    K. Anderson; M. Coddington; K. Burman; S. Hayter; B. Kroposki; and A. Watson

    2009-11-30T23:59:59.000Z

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has teamed with cities across the country through the Solar America Cities (SAC) partnership program to help reduce barriers and accelerate implementation of solar energy. The New York City SAC team is a partnership between the City University of New York (CUNY), the New York City Mayor s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).The New York City SAC team is working with DOE s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Con Edison, the local utility, to develop a roadmap for photovoltaic (PV) installations in the five boroughs. The city set a goal to increase its installed PV capacity from1.1 MW in 2005 to 8.1 MW by 2015 (the maximum allowed in 2005). A key barrier to reaching this goal, however, is the complexity of the interconnection process with the local utility. Unique challenges are associated with connecting distributed PV systems to secondary network distribution systems (simplified to ���¢��������networks���¢������� in this report). Although most areas of the country use simpler radial distribution systems to distribute electricity, larger metropolitan areas like New York City typically use networks to increase reliability in large load centers. Unlike the radial distribution system, where each customer receives power through a single line, a network uses a grid of interconnected lines to deliver power to each customer through several parallel circuits and sources. This redundancy improves reliability, but it also requires more complicated coordination and protection schemes that can be disrupted by energy exported from distributed PV systems. Currently, Con Edison studies each potential PV system in New York City to evaluate the system s impact on the network, but this is time consuming for utility engineers and may delay the customer s project or add cost for larger installations. City leaders would like to streamline this process to facilitate faster, simpler, and less expensive distributed PV system interconnections. To assess ways to improve the interconnection process, NREL conducted a four-part study with support from DOE. The NREL team then compiled the final reports from each study into this report. In Section 1���¢��������PV Deployment Analysis for New York City���¢��������we analyze the technical potential for rooftop PV systems in the city. This analysis evaluates potential PV power production in ten Con Edison networks of various locations and building densities (ranging from high density apartments to lower density single family homes). Next, we compare the potential power production to network loads to determine where and when PV generation is most likely to exceed network load and disrupt network protection schemes. The results of this analysis may assist Con Edison in evaluating future PV interconnection applications and in planning future network protection system upgrades. This analysis may also assist other utilities interconnecting PV systems to networks by defining a method for assessing the technical potential of PV in the network and its impact on network loads. Section 2���¢��������A Briefing for Policy Makers on Connecting PV to a Network Grid���¢��������presents an overview intended for nontechnical stakeholders. This section describes the issues associated with interconnecting PV systems to networks, along with possible solutions. Section 3���¢��������Technical Review of Concerns and Solutions to PV Interconnection in New Y

  5. Economics of Condensing Gas Furnaces and Water Heaters Potential in Residential Single Family Homes

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    Lekov, Alex

    2011-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Star Residential Water Heaters: Final criteria analysis.2004. Heat pump water heater technology: Experiences ofmarket research on solar water heaters. National Renewable

  6. Economics of residential gas furnaces and water heaters in United States new construction market

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    Lekov, Alex B.

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    2004). Heat pump water heater technology: Experiences ofStar Residential Water Heaters: Final criteria analysis.market research on solar water heaters. National Renewable

  7. Economics of residential gas furnaces and water heaters in US new construction market

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    Lekov, Alex B.; Franco, Victor H.; Wong-Parodi, Gabrielle; McMahon, James E.; Chan, Peter

    2010-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    al. (2004). Heat pump water heater technology: Experiencesstar residential water heaters: Final criteria analysis.market research on solar water heaters. National Renew- able

  8. Homebuilder's Guide to Going Solar (Brochure)

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    Not Available

    2008-12-01T23:59:59.000Z

    This 8-page brochure describes the steps a builder would take to install solar electricity (photovoltaics or PV), solar water heating, or how to build a home solar ready.

  9. RETI Phase 1B Final Report Update NET SHORT RECALCULATION AND NEW PV ASSUMPTIONS

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    of distributed PV capacity by the year 2016.8 In response to the California Solar Initiative, a component,7 However, California has established the Go Solar California program with a goal of installing 3,000 MW of the Go Solar California program, 158 MW were installed in 2008 alone.9 The reasonableness of the CEC

  10. San Diego, California: Solar in Action (Brochure), Solar America...

    Broader source: Energy.gov (indexed) [DOE]

    the Impact of Electricity Rate Structures on the Economics of PV Systems * Using a Solar Map for Education and Outreach October 2011 Solar in Action San Diego was designated...

  11. Tampa Electric- Solar Rebate Program

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    '''''Note: Of the $1.5 million budgeted for this program annually, $500,000 is reserved for solar water heating, and $1 million is reserved for PV systems. All funds have been committed for Solar...

  12. NEW SOLAR HOMES PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEEDRAFTGUIDEBOOK

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    CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION NEW SOLAR HOMES PARTNERSHIP COMMITTEEDRAFTGUIDEBOOK NOVEMBER 2006 CEC................................................................................................ 1 C. Comparison of Emerging Renewables Program and New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebooks ................................................... 8 G. Estimated Performance Using Commission PV Calculator .................................. 8 H

  13. City of Philadelphia- Streamlined Solar Permitting and Fee Reduction

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Photovoltaic systems of 10 kW or less installed on 1- or 2-family residential units are eligible for streamlined permitting and a fee reduction. PV projects can use a [http://www.phila.gov/green...

  14. Analysis of the Potential Applications of Solar Termal and Photovoltaic Systems for Northwest Vista College

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    Ugursal, A.; Martinez, J.; Baltazar, J. C.; Zilbershtein, G.

    2013-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    the following RE technologies as viable: ground source heat pump (GSHP) systems, closed loop solar thermal system and photovoltaic (PV)....

  15. Progress Energy Florida- SunSense Solar Photovoltaics Rebate Program (Florida)

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    '''''All funds for Progress Energy Florida's SunSense Solar PV Rebate program have been committed at this time.'''''

  16. Toward integrated PV panels and power electronics using printing technologies

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    Ababei, Cristinel; Yuvarajan, Subbaraya [Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58108 (United States); Schulz, Douglas L. [Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58102 (United States)

    2010-07-15T23:59:59.000Z

    In this paper, we review the latest developments in the area of printing technologies with an emphasis on the fabrication of control-embedded photovoltaics (PV) with on-board active and passive devices. We also review the use of power converters and maximum power point tracking (MPPT) circuits with PV panels. Our focus is on the investigation of the simplest implementations of such circuits in view of their integration with solar cells using printing technologies. We see this concept as potentially enabling toward further cost reduction. Besides a discussion as to feasibility, we shall also present some projections and guidelines toward possible integration. (author)

  17. Property Tax Exclusion for Residential Renewable Energy Property (Florida)

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    Florida provides a property tax exemption for residential photovoltaic systems, wind energy systems, solar water heaters, and geothermal heat pumps installed on or after January 1, 2013. For the...

  18. Reading Municipal Light Department- Residential Renewable Energy Rebates

    Broader source: Energy.gov [DOE]

    Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) offers rebates of $1.00/watt for solar photovoltaic and small wind installations for residential customers. A $0.25/watt adder is available for using local...

  19. California Member Connects Solar Adoption With Upgrades | Department...

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    Photo of a young man working on solar panels. Studies on the connection between solar adoption and energy upgrades by Better Buildings Residential Network member Center for...

  20. Environmental Assessment and Metrics for Solar: Case Study of SolFocus Solar Concentrator Systems

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    Reich-Weiser, Corinne; Dornfeld, David; Horne, Steve

    2008-01-01T23:59:59.000Z

    Greenhouse gas analysis of solar-thermal electricity gen-CdTe Concentrator PV Solar Thermal Wind Coal CC Gas Turbinefor the assessment of thermal solar systems,” Proceedings of