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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Solar

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Why Net Metering Matters For Commercial Solar, Too

Solar Industry, Jan. 2017, by Graham Smith.
http://issues.solarindustrymag.com/article/why-net-metering-matters-for-commercial-solar-too

"The C&I sector is often overlooked when it comes to the battle over NEM reform.... 2017 promises to hold many more discussions across the nation about NEM reform, from northwestern states like Utah, to the tip of the Northeast in New Hampshire and Maine. As policymakers and industry executives come together to decide on the future of solar, there must also be discussions about the effects of NEM reforms on C&I."

Advanced Battery Technology: A Foundation for New Energy

Solar Today, Winter 2016-2017, by Jim Peterson.
https://tinyurl.com/gu4zv8c

"We are on the cusp of a new generation of energy, both on the residential and large-scale utility fronts. With advanced digital technology and materials such as a new generation of lithium ion batteries, the future for storage battery technology gets brighter every day."

Solar Wars: Net-Metering

Solar Today, Winter 2016-2017, by Bill Ellard.
https://tinyurl.com/zbmkefj

"This is part one of a three-part series discussing "solar wars." There will be three battles in this war: net-metering, tariff reform, and grid defection. This will have short and long therm impacts on the solar industry, and it is expected to drive innovation."


Alcatraz: One of the Largest Microgrids in the United States

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Jan. 26, 2017, by Mike Mueller.
https://energy.gov/eere/articles/welcome-alcatraz-one-largest-microgrids-united-states

"Each year, more than 1.5 million people tour Alcatraz Island to visit its iconic prison. But, most people don’t realize that this 22-acre site, located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, is also home to one of the nation’s largest microgrids. The island is equipped with a solar-diesel hybrid power system that most visitors probably won’t notice."

Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar into Context

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Jan. 2017, by Galen Barbose.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/putting-potential-rate-impacts

"Concerns about the potential impacts of net-metered PV on retail electricity prices have led to an array of proposals to reform rate structures and net metering rules for solar customers. These proposals have typically been met with a great deal of contention and often absorb substantial time and administrative resources, potentially at the expense of other issues that may ultimately have greater impact on utility ratepayers. Given those tradeoffs, this paper seeks to help regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders gauge how much attention ought to be given to evaluating and addressing the possible effects of distributed solar on retail electricity prices."


Electricity End Uses, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Energy Resources Baseline

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Jan. 2017.
https://emp.lbl.gov/publications/electricity-end-uses-energy

"Berkeley Lab contributed a foundational analysis underlying the QER [DOE Quadrennial Energy Review]—a detailed analysis of electricity consumption by market sector, including cost, technology, and other trends. It looked at energy efficiency and distributed energy resources, like rooftop solar, and their impact on electricity supply and demand. [This] report, Electricity End Uses, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Energy Resources Baseline, also describes the benefits of these resources as well as barriers to their adoption by examining a number of policies and programs. An appendix to the report reviews innovations in evaluation, measurement and verification to assess their impact."

Want to Improve Wind and Solar Power? Bring Them Together

Ensia, Nov. 7, 2016, by Ben Jervey.
https://ensia.com/articles/renewable-energy-wind-solar/

"By combining intermittent renewable energy sources through hybrid projects, developers are taking advantage of the strengths of each."

Floating PV: A Novel Approach To Solar

Solar Industry, Dec. 2016, by Bernard Prouvost.
http://issues.solarindustrymag.com/article/floating-pv-a-novel-approach-to-solar

"As solar power becomes increasingly affordable, accessible and prevalent around the world, new technologies and methods of installation are emerging. Specifically, floating solar PV is becoming a competitive and viable niche in the solar market that offers a water-based alternative to traditional PV installed on the ground, rooftops or carports."

Trendy Solar Cells Hit New World Efficiency Record

University of New South Wales, Australia, Dec. 2, 2016, by Wilson Da Silva.
http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-tech/trendy-solar-cells-hit-new-world-efficiency-record

"They’re flexible, cheap to produce and simple to make – which is why perovskites are the hottest new material in solar cell design. And now, UNSW engineers have smashed the world efficiency record."

What It Takes To Get Community Solar Done

Solar Industry, Nov. 2016, by Tim Braun.
http://issues.solarindustrymag.com/article/what-it-takes-to-get-community-solar-done

"Early distributed generation (DG) models inspired us to believe that we could all participate in the mission to democratize and decarbonize our energy infrastructure. Yet, for a long time, that was really only true for a quarter of U.S. households and businesses. For the other 75% or so, putting a solar PV system on their roof or property either wasn’t possible or wasn’t practical. Those hurdles are being addressed today through the proliferation of community solar, an adaptive DG model that has opened the door to a vast new customer base – one that includes all of us."
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