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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.