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SGIP Battery Incentive Funds Are Moving Quickly

Given the amount of activity we are seeing with California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), TerraVerde is providing regular updates on the status and funding availability for commercial-scale battery projects. Depending on the location of the project and type of facility,

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Best Practices for Microgrid Project Feasibility Assessments

With the proliferation of climate induced power outages and Utility initiated Power Safety Power Shutoff events (PSPS), many public agencies are evaluating the potential to deploy microgrids to mitigate operational downtime. Microgrids combine energy generation sources, such as solar PV …

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Wildfire Ash Impacts on Solar PV Systems

For organizations in California with solar PV systems, “soiling” can be a constant battle.  Solar panels only work at peak efficiency when their surface area is clean and free of build-up, allowing full absorption of solar irradiance. Soiling buildup reduces …

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The Latest on California’s SGIP Battery Incentive

After weeks of rolling blackouts and another wave of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Events, Californian’s are once again reminded of their need for backup power. As independent energy advisors, TerraVerde is supporting water agencies, transit agencies, schools, local governments, …

SGIP Status Update: Equity and Equity Resiliency Budgets

TerraVerde Energy closely tracks the status of the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) program and the CPUC’s allocation of funding for the program. This blog post describes the current status of the various incentive categories, and highlights the imbalance of …

The Technical & Financial Performance of a Facility Microgrid

In our previous TerraBlog post on microgrids, Sizing and Modeling the Performance of a Microgrid, we presented the methodology and tools we deploy for resiliency needs. For this fifth installment in our microgrid blog post series, we present the …

Increasing The Speed & Scale of Energy Resiliency Programs

In response to the emergence of Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events, CCAs and communities are exploring paths to increase community resiliency through deploying islandable solar PV plus battery energy storage systems (micro-grids) at critical facilities and community resiliency centers.  …

Sizing and Modeling the Performance of a Microgrid

In our previous TerraBlog post on microgrids, Technical Challenges & Solutions for Facility Microgrids, we share some technical considerations in analyzing a microgrid. This post is part four of our microgrid blog post series and presents a methodology for …

Revenue Opportunities for Existing Solar and Battery Systems

Many public agencies and commercial enterprises have deployed solar and battery systems in order to reduce their energy costs and meet their sustainability goals. While many are familiar with the cost savings benefits of these technologies, fewer are familiar with …

Building A Smart Energy Strategy: Optimizing Energy Procurement Plans

In our previous articles, we provided an introduction to our approach to developing an energy procurement strategy for the California High-Speed Rail System (HSR), as well as a detailed exploration of our methodology in building an energy use model. …