Technical Session: The Value of Distributed Solar Resources

Technical Session: The Value of Distributed Solar Resources

Moderator: Marc Perez


Community Solar Project Economics and Policy

Thomas A Millhoff
Aaron Clay

To date the progress of Community Solar has not caught up to its promise. Understand the challenges that retard development, and learn how developers and EPCs can leverage progressive policies, profitable economic structures and emerging service providers to satisfy stakeholders and to reward project development.

Moving Beyond the Stalemate: Strategies for Aligning Utility and Solar Financial Interests


The Right Tone Of VOS: Improving the Argument for Distributed Community Solar

Jill Cliburn

This utility-tested process for supporting locally-sited, community-solar programs—as an alternative to programs using centralized, large-scale solar—provides a way to fill the ultimate “pricing gap” between these resource options. The process uses accepted calculated values, ranges of values (reflecting dynamic markets and technologies), and new risk-reduction values, to build a case that is practical and promising for further DER development.


Influencing Utility Clean Energy Policies through Shareholder Advocacy

Don Wichert

Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) shareholders came together in November 2014 to protest MGE’s anti clean energy policies. Two shareholder resolutions were submitted in 2014 and eight resolutions were presented in 2015. The resolutions were withdrawn when MGE made major clean energy concessions, indicating the power of shareholder advocacy.


Net Metering PV Distributed Resources Benefits All Stakeholders on PJM

The current utility policy of net metering of PV generated electricity exists in over 40 of the states in the US for positive economic, environmental and social reasons. Primarily, all stakeholders (utilities, RTO, shareholders, ratepayers, etc.) benefit financially from the investments private customers have made in grid tied PV.