In almost every math class I ever took, the teacher always stressed the importance of defining the variables of the problem. “Without knowing what your variables are, how do you know what problem to solve?” This would be an important lesson for the current trend to value the net impact of distributed solar generation in the U.S.
October 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter
September Connecting to the Grid Newsletter
Solar permitting is but one small, easily overlooked piece of the solar installation process. However, because we have upwards of 25,000 local jurisdictions in the country, there are staggering possibilities for variations of local permitting procedures. To address these challenges, many local jurisdictions around the country have been leading the way to find innovative, collective solutions to streamline solar permitting in a safe and effective way.
August 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter
The high upfront cost of solar has always been a barrier to participation for many who would otherwise welcome the chance to green their energy supply. Many organizations, including IREC, are working to change this by offering solutions to break through these economic barriers.
July 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter
Laurel writes how the Supremacy Clause and Interstate Commerce Clause, written some 262 years ago, still play a role in the regulation, governance, and market drivers for renewable energy today. Declaration of (Energy) Independence. Florida PSC notes 33% growth in customer-owned renewables. New York raises participation caps for net metering. Colorado group unveils plan for 10-fold increase in solar. And more.
June Connecting to the Grid Newsletter
Laurel’s column highlights planning for growth in distributed generation. And from the states: Arizona study finds overwhelming benefit from DG systems to ratepayers. Georgia PSC approves plan to solicit 60 MW of solar development. New Jersey BPU approves plan to develop 45 MW of grid-connected solar. And more.
May 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter
WHAT’S NEW AS OF MAY 2013? Note from the Editor Interconnection: A Foundational Policy for Solar Market Expansion Here at IREC, we work on the foundational issues that facilitate solar market growth. These issues, such as interconnection procedures, net…
April Connecting to the Grid Newsletter
WHAT’S NEW AS OF APRIL 2012? Note from the Editor Distributed Energy Storage, coming soon to a grid near you Energy storage technologies have existed as long as the grid itself. As a result of several recent advancements in…
March 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter
WHAT’S NEW AS OF MARCH 2013? Note from the Editor Solar Amplified, Benefits Maximized Cloud cover and inconsistent winds are natural assumptions when it comes to integrating renewable energy. Their variable and non-dispatchable nature requires utilities to take a…
February 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter
WHAT’S NEW AS OF FEBRUARY 2013? Note from the Editor The FERC SGIP: Time for a tune up The average size of distributed photovoltaic systems is on the rise. In fact, the average size of all PV systems installed…
January 2013 Connecting to the Grid Newsletter
WHAT’S NEW AS OF JANUARY 2013? Note from the Editor 2012: The Year Solar Turned the Corner? I think we can proclaim that 2012 was the year we turned the corner and caught a glimpse of what high-penetration solar…