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SEPA Announces Finalists For 2016 Solar Power Players Awards

August 12, 2016

An investor-owned utility that cut its approval time for rooftop solar applications from more than two months to two and a half days. A municipal utility that has turned rooftop solar into a customer service working with local solar installers; and a green power electric cooperative that has put solar within the reach of more than 30 other cooperatives and thousands of customers across its state. The finalists for SEPA’s Solar Power Players Awards reflect the innovative and leading role U.S. utilities are playing in the growth of smart solar programs that make clean energy accessible to all their customers and provide replicable models for other companies to follow.

Community Solar Poised for Big Market Gains

August 11, 2016

Community solar projects could give millions of U.S. households access to clean energy, according to a new report from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and Shelton Group. But the biggest obstacle to connecting customers to community solar may be lack of information.

SEPA Issues 2015 Solar Market Snapshot

July 21, 2016

Based on SEPA’s annual Solar Market Survey of hundreds of utilities across the country, the report provides a clear picture of a market in transition, mixing record growth and ongoing price cuts with increasing technological and policy complexity.

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.

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 “ 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. 


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.



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.

SEPA’s 51st State initiative receives a Keystone Leadership Award

June 03, 2016

Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and its 51st State Initiative have been named as the winner of the Keystone Policy Center’s 2016 Leadership in Energy Award.


Decentralizing Grid Services | Taking DERs Beyond Energy & Capacity

August 25, 2016

Estimated duration: 60 minutes

What is the current and future potential of distributed solutions, and what is their value to the utility? Join SEPA for a presentation and candid discussion of using distributed energy resources (DER) for traditional reliability applications. We will debut new research from our forthcoming "Distributed Energy Resources Capability Guide" that explores potential applications for DERs in providing energy, capacity, and ancillary services.

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

Micro-webinar | Insights from the Solar Market Snapshot

September 08, 2016

Estimated duration: 30 minutes

Join SEPA for a candid discussion on the insights gained from SEPA's 2015 Utility Solar Snapshot from two of its' authors. In 2007, SEPA began surveying electric utilities on the amount of solar they integrated each year with the goal of providing the most accurate and granular solar market data in the industry.

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

SEPA Events at Solar Power International

September 12, 2016 - September 15, 2016

Las Vegas, NV

Join us in Las Vegas as we cohost Solar Power International. Join over 15,000 attendees from the solar, energy storage, utility, and smart home sectors as we explore the latest innovations in emerging clean energy technology and SEPA shows attendees how solar got smart.

Las Vegas Convention Center

Integrating Distributed Energy Resources to the Grid

September 12, 2016

Las Vegas, NV

This one-day workshop brings utility engineers and planners together with technology vendors, researchers, and manufacturers to explore the effective integration of distributed energy resources into the electric grid.

Las Vegas Convention Center | Room N261

Utility Solar Conference

April 24, 2017 - April 26, 2017

Tucson, AZ

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.

Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa


2015 Utility Solar Market Snapshot 

JULY 19, 2016 
Industry news expounding low cost utility-scale solar has been prevalent in recent months, Summary report of SEPA's annual survey of the solar activities of electric utilities. This report covers the residential, commercial and utility markets for solar power as well as developments in policy and program interest among survey participants.

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 

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.