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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.  …

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. …

Technical Challenges & Solutions for Facility Microgrids

In our TerraBlog series on microgrids, we are exploring some of the key market and technical considerations for evaluating and deploying solar PV and battery energy storage integrated systems that can provide back up power in the event of an …

Building a Smart Energy Strategy: Modeling Energy Usage

In our introductory article, we provided an overview of our approach to developing an energy strategy for the California High Speed Rail System (HSR). In part two of this three part series, we will explore how TerraVerde applied physics …