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NEWS

SEPA's 2015 Utility Solar Top 10: Utilities Make Solar Smart

April 13, 2016

DENVER -- Southern California Edison connected 1,258 new megawatts of solar power to the grid in 2015, more than any other utility in the United States, according to the annual utility solar market survey conducted by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), formerly the Solar Electric Power Association.

SEPA 51st State Road Maps for Energy System Change Now Public

March 31, 2016

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has announced that the 13 road maps for energy system transition that it received for Phase II of its 51st State Initiative are now online. The papers lay out very diverse plans for getting from today’s energy system to a future with more solar and distributed energy resources (DERs)-- such as storage and demand response -- a more interactive grid, and more technology, service and rate options for consumers.

Nominations Open for SEPA's 2016 Solar Power Players Awards

March 17, 2016

SEPA’s Solar Power Players Awards recognize compelling and innovative efforts to advance solar by electric utilities and their industry partners. Nominations for the 2016 awards open Tuesday, March 15, and close Wednesday, May 4.

SEPA to become the Smart Electric Power Alliance

March 09, 2016

In response to the continuing evolution of solar and clean energy, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) will officially become the Smart Electric Power Alliance on April 11, 2016.

SolarCity Pulls “MyPower” Loan Product

February 25, 2016

SolarCity has pulled its MyPower loan product off the market, raising doubts for the company that as recently as October 2014 lauded the product as the best thing on the market. Lyndon Rive, the CEO of SolarCity, stated that the replacement will be “...be simpler. We want something that’s as (simple) to sell as a PPA instead of the sales team going to PPA as the default option.”

Red Lake Nation goes solar

February 19, 2016

Tribal leaders of the Red Lake Nation are installing 15 megawatts worth of solar panels onto the rooftops of their largest buildings. The panels are predicted to generate enough power to light every bulb in the the tribe’s three casinos, the tribal college and all the government buildings. 

Solar Rebates

February 17, 2016

The City of Lodi Electric Utility began accepting rebate applications from customers interested in the installation of solar photovoltaic systems. The rebate will be calculated at $1.56 per watt, which is one of the most generous rates in California. 

Cheapest power in the US? Palo Alto muni eyes solar at under $37/MWh

February 23, 2016

The Palo Alto City Council recommended approval of a 25-year contract to purchase power from a solar PV system at a price of $36.76/MWh, or about 3.7 cent/kWh. 

 

SolarCity Selects Battery System for Kauaʻi Co-op Solar Storage Project

February 16, 2016

After a competitive solicitation, SolarCity has selected Tesla Energy to supply the batteries for a firstof-its-kind solar array and energy storage system to be built for Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative. The proposed SolarCity/Tesla project is believed to be the first utility-scale system in the U.S. to provide dispatchable solar energy, meaning that the utility can count on electricity being available when it’s needed, even hours after the sun goes down.  

 

Hampshire college goes 100 percent solar

December 21, 2015

Hampshire College, a small liberal arts college in Amherst, Mass., will soon be home to a "living building" and the only residential college generating 100 percent of its electricity from solar panels.

 

 

EVENTS

Solar Power Southeast

May 25, 2016 - May 26, 2016

Atlanta, GA

Solar Power Southeast has proven to be the premier solar event in the region. Last year, nearly 200 solar companies and over 500 industry leaders and innovators gathered to share ideas and best practices for expanding the Southeast’s solar energy market and to network and do business. This year’s conference is expected to be another success, given the exponential solar growth that’s happening in the southeastern United States.

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

Making Large-Scale Solar Projects High-Value & Cost-Competitive

June 02, 2016

Estimated duration: 90 minutes

Join Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) for a webinar focused on the recent findings of a joint report from SEPA and Recurrent Energy. The report, examines economic advantages of large-scale utility PV plants and the economic drivers that produces high-value, cost-competitive projects. Andre DeVilbiss, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Recurrent Energy joins the report's co-author John Sterling, Senior Director, Research & Advisory Services, Smart Electric Power Alliance(SEPA) for a discussion on best practices in establishing a framework to evaluate PV projects, the cost and drivers for large-scale projects.

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

Solar Power Southwest

June 07, 2016 - June 08, 2016

San Antonio, TX

PV Conference & Expo and Solar Power Southeast have already seen great demand with sold out expo spaces. Solar Power Southwest, another SEIA and SEPA event, is anticipating the same excitement. The program will focus on the southwest market, particularly in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. The industry has been growing steadily in these states for quite some time and collectively employ 22,000 people in the region. Whether you are a distributor, developer, utility, installer, or manufacturer, you’ll make new connections in the industry to propel your career and business forward at Solar Power Southwest.

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

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

Behavior Change and Energy Efficiency Programs Workshop

July 11, 2016

Washington, DC

This newly-designed course from the Smart Electric Power Alliance and Association of Energy Services Professionals will examine the elements of behavior change in energy efficiency programs. This is an interaction-rich course, for participants who will be designing, building, and/or evaluating their own behavioral program or energy efficiency program with behavioral elements

TBD

Leveraging Battery Storage for Customer and Utility Benefit

July 14, 2016

Estimated duration: 90 minutes

Join Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) for a webinar focused on how utilities are beginning to leverage distributed customer-sited battery storage. The webinar focuses on utility storage business models and industry best practices that have proven to lower utilities’ capital investment significantly, while still utilizing the assets to meet customers' needs. Learn about the new business framework and hear from two utilities applying these types of customer-utility battery storage programs

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

RESOURCES

Utility-Scale Solar: The Path to High-Value, Cost-Competitive Projects 

April 6, 2016 
Industry news expounding low cost utility-scale solar has been prevalent in recent months, touting prices below $40/MWh in multiple jurisdictions.1 While eye-catching, the reality is that utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project economics vary widely and are dependent upon a host of drivers (Figure 1). As utilities consider adding solar to their resource mix, understanding these drivers and their implications is necessary for securing high-value, cost-competitive projects. This report will enable utilities to: (1) understand solar cost drivers; (2) recognize the value of solar in their resource mix; and, (3) establish a framework to evaluate solar projects. 



Accelerating Adoption of Community Solar 

February 28, 2016 
In this public report, SEPA partnered with Pacific Consulting Group (PCG) — a SEPA member — to conduct research that will ensure that utilities and third parties groups design community solar programs that "get it right" the first time. Download the free Report or the shorter Executive Summary to learn more. 

Asset Management and Operations and Maintenance Resource Guide 

FEBRUARY 17, 2016 
As large-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar projects become an integral part of utility portfolios across the country, managing these assets for optimum performance—physical and financial—has become a high priority for a range of stakeholders. To provide AM and O&M specialists with a basic understanding of solar asset management challenges, Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) partnered with the solar consulting firm High Performance PV to create this members-only Resource Guide on Utility Solar Asset Management and Operations and Maintenance. 

Planning the Distributed Energy Future 

FEBRUARY 2016 
To understand how utility planning is changing, Black & Veatch and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) interviewed five leading utilities across the United States and identified trends in utility planning practices. Each utility is pursuing a different mix of new methodologies and tools for DER planning. 

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.