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.

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

  1. 1. Valuing Solar Through Market Diversity Laurel Varnado Interstate Renewable Energy Council NC Solar Center ASES 2010
  2. 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. 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. 4. Avoided Cost
  5. 5. Feed-in Tariffs
  6. 6. RFPs and Auctions
  7. 7. Retail Markets: Net Metering, Community Solar Self-Generation leads to reduced electric bills, Fewer, if any, tax implications Easy process for enrollment
  8. 8. Net Metering
  9. 9. Community Solar
  10. 10. Incentive Programs
  11. 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. 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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