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Title: Solar Plus: A Holistic Approach to Distributed Solar PV

Abstract

Solar 'plus' refers to an emerging approach to distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment that uses energy storage and controllable devices to optimize customer economics. The solar plus approach increases customer system value through technologies such as electric batteries, smart domestic water heaters, smart air-conditioner (AC) units, and electric vehicles We use an NREL optimization model to explore the customer-side economics of solar plus under various utility rate structures and net metering rates. We explore optimal solar plus applications in five case studies with different net metering rates and rate structures. The model deploys different configurations of PV, batteries, smart domestic water heaters, and smart AC units in response to different rate structures and customer load profiles. The results indicate that solar plus improves the customer economics of PV and may mitigate some of the negative impacts of evolving rate structures on PV economics. Solar plus may become an increasingly viable model for optimizing PV customer economics in an evolving rate environment.

Authors:
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
OSTI Identifier:
1394747
Report Number(s):
NREL/PR-6A20-68495
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; solar; storage; optimization; smart home; economics; batteries; solar plus

Citation Formats

O'Shaughnessy, Eric, Ardani, Kristen, Cutler, Dylan, and Margolis, Robert. Solar Plus: A Holistic Approach to Distributed Solar PV. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1394747.
O'Shaughnessy, Eric, Ardani, Kristen, Cutler, Dylan, & Margolis, Robert. Solar Plus: A Holistic Approach to Distributed Solar PV. United States. doi:10.2172/1394747.
O'Shaughnessy, Eric, Ardani, Kristen, Cutler, Dylan, and Margolis, Robert. Thu . "Solar Plus: A Holistic Approach to Distributed Solar PV". United States. doi:10.2172/1394747. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1394747.
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title = {Solar Plus: A Holistic Approach to Distributed Solar PV},
author = {O'Shaughnessy, Eric and Ardani, Kristen and Cutler, Dylan and Margolis, Robert},
abstractNote = {Solar 'plus' refers to an emerging approach to distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment that uses energy storage and controllable devices to optimize customer economics. The solar plus approach increases customer system value through technologies such as electric batteries, smart domestic water heaters, smart air-conditioner (AC) units, and electric vehicles We use an NREL optimization model to explore the customer-side economics of solar plus under various utility rate structures and net metering rates. We explore optimal solar plus applications in five case studies with different net metering rates and rate structures. The model deploys different configurations of PV, batteries, smart domestic water heaters, and smart AC units in response to different rate structures and customer load profiles. The results indicate that solar plus improves the customer economics of PV and may mitigate some of the negative impacts of evolving rate structures on PV economics. Solar plus may become an increasingly viable model for optimizing PV customer economics in an evolving rate environment.},
doi = {10.2172/1394747},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Thu May 25 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Thu May 25 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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