The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to advancing utility integration of solar through collaborative solutions, objective information and shared benefits to the utility, its customers and the public good.

NEWS

US Community Solar Market to Grow Fivefold in 2015, Top 500MW in 2020

June 24, 2015

The U.S. community solar market is approaching a tipping point and California, Minnesota, Colorado and Massachusetts are paving the way. GTM Research forecasts the market will grow fivefold this year, with 115 megawatts installed. By 2020, community solar in the United States will be an annual half-gigawatt opportunity. 

Maine Legislature Proposes New Net Metering Alternative

June 24, 2015

A new proposal from the Maine Legislature would create an alternative to the practice of net energy metering. It has been unanimously approved by a joint committee. The nascent proposal is currently being examined by stakeholders in order to fully understand the policy with concrete metrics.

Battery Storage Payback Takes Only a Few Years in PJM, S&C Finds

May 15, 2015

After four months, a battery pilot at S&C Electric Company’s Smart Grid Solutions Demonstration Center in Chicago has earned nearly $7,000. When extrapolated to a larger scale, that means the technology could pay for itself in as little as two to three years.

Entergy Plans First Solar-Plus-Storage Project in New Orleans

May 15, 2015

Entergy New Orleans is planning to develop the city's first utility-scale solar project, a 1-MW array that will be paired with battery storage.

Georgia Gov. Deal signs solar third party ownership bill into law

May 15, 2015

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 57, recently passed unanimously by the state’s General Assembly, which will allow third party ownership (TPO) of solar. TPO is a finance plan allowing homes and businesses to host solar with no upfront costs or ownership responsibilities.

EVENTS

Cracking the Code: Understanding the Texas Utility and Solar Market

June 25, 2015

Estimated duration: 1 hour

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

Innovation for Interconnection: Utility Practices, Procedures & Mitigation Strategies

July 23, 2015

Estimated duration: 1 hour

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

SEPA Solar Integration Workshop: Turning Solar Into A Utility-Friendly Resource

September 14, 2015

Anaheim, CA

The 51st State is a call to harness all of the creativity and innovation across our industry. Our goal is to find multiple frameworks that provide a platform for all stakeholders to participate in our energy future together. Experience the 51st State Today.

Solar Power International

September 14, 2015

Anaheim, CA

Solar Power International, the solar energy industry's most powerful, comprehensive educational conference and product exhibition, will be held September 14-17, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

RESOURCES

Solar and Energy Storage Impacts on Wholesale Power Markets

June 17, 2015

This white paper seeks to advance the discussion of the impact of high solar photovoltaic (PV) penetration on the California system and the potential role of energy storage from an economic (spot market pricing) perspective.

Utility Solar Market Snapshot

May 12, 2015

This year’s innovative infographic report format takes a fresh approach to presenting the 2014 solar market that combines significant data discovery with cutting edge takeaways.

Solar Mainstream - April 2015

APRIL 7, 2015

Critical Issues - Utilities, solar leasing and grind integration: Arizona's triple threat Solar Market Update - Merchant solar: Utility-scale without the PPAs Technology - Solar curtailment: inevitable or avoidable? Faces of Solar: City of Palo Alto Utilities: Going solar for a carbon-free future Industry Voices - The future of utilities: Finding 51 ways (at least) to transform the energy sector