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NEWS

Ken Doyle Named SEPA Chief Operating Officer

February 01, 2016

Washington, DC February 1, 2016— Kenneth A. (Ken) Doyle, an association executive with more than four decades of experience, this month stepped into the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). As COO, Doyle joins the nonprofit’s executive leadership team and provides oversight in programs and meetings, finance, operations, marketing, membership, human resources, and management information systems.

Community solar shares getting snapped up fast in Minnesota

January 15, 2016

Shares of community solar projects in Xcel Minnesota’s service territory are selling out quickly. The Sunshare Waverly project, located west of Minneapolis, has sold out of shares for its five 1-megawatt co-located solar gardens, making it the second co-op to sell out of shares for a community solar project in less than a week. Eighty percent of shareholders for the are residential customers and the remaining 20% consist of commercial and government customers. Waverly’s city government will offset 100% of their total energy consumption with the project and save $300,000 to $400,000 over the course of the 25-year contract.

Proposal to Charge Electric Cars in Southern California Gets the Green Light

January 14, 2016

The California Public Utilities Commission approved a program that will install 1,500 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Southern California Edison’s (SCE) territory and educate consumers about the benefits of EV transportation. The proposal, which was agreed upon by SCE and 16 environmental, EV and labor stakeholder groups, kicks off with a pilot program that will run for 18 months and cost $22 million. After the pilot, the program will install an additional 28,500 EV charging stations using the insights obtained from the pilot.    

Hawaiian Electric Installs 1 MW Substation Battery

January 12, 2016

Hawaiian Electric partnered with University of Hawaii’s Hawaiian National Energy Institute to build a 1-megawatt substation battery energy storage system (BESS). The project seeks to show how effective BESS systems are at integrating photovoltaic (PV) systems on a distribution network.

 

Duke Energy to Build 17-MW Solar Facility at Naval Support Activity Crane

January 08, 2016

Duke Energy submitted a proposal to build a 17-megawatt (AC) solar facility at the Naval Support Activity Crane naval base near Bloomington, Indiana. The facility will consist of approximately 76,000 panels and will be commercially operational in 2016. This is the second solar project that Duke Energy has built in partnership with the Navy, following a 13-megawatt (AC) facility in North Carolina finished in 2015. Additionally, Duke Energy Indiana signed agreements to purchase 20-megawatts (AC) of solar from from solar facilities at four Indiana locations.

Oregon utilities endorse bill to end coal use by 2030, boost RPS to 50% by 2040

January 06, 2016

Oregon’s two investor-owned utilities, Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power, support legislation that would gradually phase out in-state coal generation by 2030 and increase Oregon’s renewable portfolio standard to 50% by 2040. This timeline and a 4% incremental cost cap for new renewable capacity help the utilities reduce reliance on coal while minimizing the need for rate increases. The bill also creates a community solar program for PGE and Pacific Power customers, with a 15% carve-out for low income customers.

 

EVENTS

PV Prices, Strategies and Technologies for Utilities

February 11, 2016

Estimated duration: 60 minutes

Vikram Aggarwal of EnergySage, Haresh Patel and Dean Granoff of Mercatus, and Erika Myers of SEPA will discuss findings from the SEPA report, “Market Snapshot | PV System Price Quotes from Selected States.”

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

The Role of Microgrids in Integrating Distributed Resources into Wholesale Power Markets

February 23, 2016

Estimated duration: 90 minutes

Advanced microgrids could serve as a key resource to an “integrated grid” to help achieve new policy goals for the electricity system beyond traditional expectations of reliability, affordability, and safety. These dynamic types of microgrids could create and maximize value for the grid, customers, and the market by providing integrated resource solutions based on intelligent energy systems management.

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

Solar Power PV Conference & Expo

February 24, 2016 - February 25, 2016

Boston, MA

Solar Power PV Conference & Expo (formerly PV America) is all about PV solar solutions. With a regional focus, PV Conference & Expo brings together manufacturers and service providers with professionals interested in the technologies, innovations, research, and policy that is driving the PV industry today and into the future.

Westin Boston Waterfront

Utility Solar Conference

April 11, 2016 - April 14, 2016

Denver, CO

The Utility Solar Conference (USC) provides an exclusive forum for utilities to share their experiences, exchange ideas, and talk through various strategies and business models in an intimate environment free of outside influences.

Grand Hyatt Denver

National Town Meeting on Demand Response & Smart Grid

July 11, 2016 - July 13, 2016

Washington, DC

The National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid is the premier event in the U.S. focused on the business and policy aspects of demand response and its enabling technologies and applications.

Ronald Reagan Building

RESOURCES

Photovoltaic System Price Quotes from Selected States 

december 12, 2015
This members-only report, produced in partnership with Mercatus and EnergySage, is intended to provide a more granular level of solar pricing and underlying market drivers. The report is based on nearly 11,000 aggregated residential, nonresidential (including commercial and industrial), and utility-scale solar prices from selected states. Login to view the report or read the public executive summary


Rolling Out Smart Inverters: Assessing Utility Strategies and Approaches

NOVEMBER 04, 2015

This members-only white paper, a collaboration between the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), explores leading-edge utility smart inverter adoption strategies. Log in to view the full report or read the public executive summary

Community Solar: Program Design Models
November 03, 2015

This free report aims to expand public understanding of the different community solar program design models that exist. This report breaks down community solar program design into 12 key decisions and discusses what options are most prevalent. Case studies of each model type are provided. Subscription rates, development times, and administrative costs of programs are also examined. 

Solar Fundamentals, Volume 2 – Markets
SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

This report serves as one component of a multi-part series of publications that the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) plans to produce throughout 2015. The purpose of this effort is to provide a broad introduction to several facets of the solar industry, including a discussion of different drivers influencing the U.S. solar market.

Solar Mainstream – September 2015

September 10, 2015

Critical Issues - Industry Voices: Electric Cooperatives, SEPA Utility Solar Top 10, Faces of Solar: Colorado's New PV Pipeline, Beyond Solar: Solar Smart Homes, Technology: Energy Storage, Sepa Insider: Utility Solar Database, A Co-op Trifecta: Using Solar to Build, Shift Demand and Cut Costs.