IREC, NCSC: Valuing solar through market diversity (Varnado)

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North Carolina Solar Center Policy Analyst, Laurel Varnado, discusses IREC-funded policy alternatives for valuing distributed generation PV.

North Carolina Solar Center Policy Analyst, Laurel Varnado, discusses IREC-funded policy alternatives for valuing distributed generation PV.

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  • 1. Valuing Solar Through Market Diversity Laurel Varnado Interstate Renewable Energy Council NC Solar Center ASES 2010
  • 2. Market Structure Solar ABCs Report: Sustainable Multi-Segment PV Markets U.S. Market is unique in that we have so many different interests at stake Wholesale Markets and Retail Markets – Different players with different needs
  • 3. Wholesale Markets: Avoided Cost, FIT’s and RFP’s/Auctions Responsive to Markets Limits impact on non-participating rate- payers Promotes sustainable funding and efficient system design
  • 4. Avoided Cost
  • 5. Feed-in Tariffs
  • 6. RFPs and Auctions
  • 7. Retail Markets: Net Metering, Community Solar Self-Generation leads to reduced electric bills, Fewer, if any, tax implications Easy process for enrollment
  • 8. Net Metering
  • 9. Community Solar
  • 10. Incentive Programs
  • 11. Benefits of a Diverse System Mitigates risk by decentralizing policies. Can favor more efficiency in products and system design. Appeals to a broader audience of potential customers
  • 12. Disadvantages of a Diverse System Can be confusing, competitive and continually changing. Climate is less certain. Not all policies reflect the value of PV.
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