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The Distributed PPA Program for CCAs

1.1 GW of New Distributed Solar is Installed in California Each Year

Electricity customers in California’s Investor-Owned Utility markets have installed an average of 1.1 GW of new behind-the-meter solar PV systems each year. Customer needs for resiliency and clean …

Learning from the Texas Energy Crisis

The aftermath of the 2021 Polar Vortex (power outages, water safety issues, and the tragic loss of life) has left Texans and many others wondering: “How did it come to this? Why did the power grid fail us?” When large …

Calculating Solar & Battery Savings

Organizations that deploy solar PV systems and battery energy storage systems usually do so for many reasons including sustainability goals and demonstrating environmental stewardship. However, the chief reason for adopting solar and battery solutions is often anticipated energy cost savings. …

$50 Million In Savings & Counting

Solar PV & battery energy storage systems are able to generate incredible financial benefits through both cost savings and revenue opportunities. However, given the technical nature of the operating profiles of these technologies and the complex utility billing arrangements associated …

The Solar Tax Credit Has Been Extended

As part of a wider stimulus package, congress passed a bill on December 21, 2020 that included a substantial extension to the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

The ITC has been a long standing Federal incentive that extends project owners …

Best Practices in Solar PV Asset Management: Dedicated System Monitoring

For owners and site hosts of solar PV systems, rapid detection and resolution of performance impacting events can provide cost saving benefits that are essential to the success of solar distributed energy resources.  Given the nature of commercial and industrial …

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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 …

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.  …