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The Value of Distributed Solar Electric Generation to New Jersey and Pennsylvania - Clean Power Research

The Value of Distributed Solar Electric Generation to New Jersey and Pennsylvania - Clean Power Research

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This recent seminal study finds that the total valuation of solar (excluding the value of local manufacturing) is between $0.26 ~ $0.32/kWh in value.

Additionally, in a recent 2013 presentation by Karl Rabago of Rabago Energy, LLC (formerly VP of Distributed Energy for Austin Energy) the benefits of local PV manufacturing was presented as increasing the valuation of solar PV-DG electricity by 2~3 times.

Silicon Energy is proud to be a positive part of local economic development and clean energy generation in Minnesota and Washington State!
This recent seminal study finds that the total valuation of solar (excluding the value of local manufacturing) is between $0.26 ~ $0.32/kWh in value.

Additionally, in a recent 2013 presentation by Karl Rabago of Rabago Energy, LLC (formerly VP of Distributed Energy for Austin Energy) the benefits of local PV manufacturing was presented as increasing the valuation of solar PV-DG electricity by 2~3 times.

Silicon Energy is proud to be a positive part of local economic development and clean energy generation in Minnesota and Washington State!

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Published by: Silicon Energy on Jan 18, 2013
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TheValueofDistributedSolarElectricGenerationtoNewJerseyandPennsylvania
 
Richard
 
Perez
 
Benjamin
 
L.
 
Norris
 
Thomas
 
E.
 
Hoff 
 
November
 
2012
 
Prepared
 
for:
 
Mid
Atlantic
 
Solar
 
Energy
 
Industries
 
Association
 
&
 
Pennsylvania
 
Solar
 
Energy
 
Industries
 
Association
 
Prepared
 
by:
 
Clean
 
Power
 
Research
 
1700
 
Soscol
 
Ave.,
 
Suite
 
22
 
Napa,
 
CA
 
94559
 
 
 Acknowledgements
This
 
report
 
was
 
funded
 
by
 
the
 
following
 
organizations:
 
 
The
 
Reinvestment
 
Fund’s
 
Sustainable
 
Development
 
Fund
 
 
Mid
 
Atlantic
 
Solar
 
Energy
 
Industries
 
Association
 
 
Advanced
 
Solar
 
Products
 
 
SMA
 
Americas
 
 
Vote
 
Solar
 
 
Renewable
 
Power
 
 
Geoscape
 
Solar
 
The
 
authors
 
wish
 
to
 
express
 
their
 
gratitude
 
to
 
Rachel
 
Hoff 
 
for
 
collecting
 
and
 
analyzing
 
FERC
 
filings
 
from
 
the
 
six
 
utilities,
 
producing
 
the
 
PV
 
fleet
 
simulations,
 
and
 
conducting
 
the
 
peak
 
load
 
day
 
analysis;
 
also
 
to
 
Phil
 
Gruenhagen
 
for
 
researching
 
and
 
prepa
ing
 
the
 
PJM
 
load
 
and
 
pricing
 
data.
 
 
1
 
Executive
Summary
This
 
report
 
presents
 
an
 
analysis
 
of 
 
value
 
provided
 
by
 
grid
connected,
 
distributed
 
PV
 
in
 
Pennsylvania
 
and
 
New
 
Jersey.
 
The
 
analysis
 
does
 
not
 
provide
 
policy
 
recommendations
 
except
 
to
 
suggest
 
that
 
each
 
benefit
 
must
 
be
 
understood
 
from
 
the
 
perspective
 
of 
 
the
 
beneficiary
 
(utility,
 
ratepayer,
 
or
 
taxpayer).
 
The
 
study
 
quantified
 
ten
 
value
 
components
 
and
 
one
 
cost
 
component,
 
summarized
 
in
 
Table
 
ES
1.
 
These
 
components
 
represent
 
the
 
benefits
 
(and
 
costs)
 
that
 
accrue
 
to
 
the
 
utilities,
 
ratepayers,
 
and
 
taxpayers
 
in
 
accepting
 
solar
 
onto
 
the
 
grid.
 
The
 
methodologies
 
for
 
quantifying
 
these
 
values
 
are
 
described
 
further
 
in
 
Appendix
 
2.
 
Table
 
ES
1.
 
Value
 
component
 
definitions.
 
Value
 
Component
 
Basis
 
Fuel
 
Cost
 
Savings
 
Cost
 
of 
 
natural
 
gas
 
fuel
 
that
 
would
 
have
 
to
 
be
 
purchased
 
for
 
a
 
gas
 
turbine
 
(CCGT)
 
plant
 
operating
 
on
 
the
 
margin
 
to
 
meet
 
electric
 
loads
 
and
 
T&D
 
losses.
 
O&M
 
Cost
 
Savings
 
Operations
 
and
 
maintenance
 
costs
 
for
 
the
 
CCGT
 
plant.
 
Security
 
Enhancement
 
Value
 
Avoided
 
economic
 
impacts
 
of 
 
outages
 
associated
 
due
 
to
 
grid
 
reliability
 
of 
 
distributed
 
generation.
 
Long
 
Term
 
Societal
 
Value
 
Potential
 
value
 
(defined
 
by
 
all
 
other
 
components)
 
if 
 
the
 
life
 
of 
 
PV
 
is
 
40
 
years
 
instead
 
of 
 
the
 
assumed
 
30
 
years.
 
Fuel
 
Price
 
Hedge
 
Value
 
Cost
 
to
 
eliminate
 
natural
 
gas
 
fuel
 
price
 
uncertainty.
 
Generation
 
Capacity
 
Value
 
Cost
 
to
 
build
 
CCGT
 
generation
 
capacity.
 
T&D
 
Capacity
 
Value
 
Financial
 
savings
 
resulting
 
from
 
deferring
 
T&D
 
capacity
 
additions.
 
Market
 
Price
 
Reduction
 
Wholesale
 
market
 
costs
 
incurred
 
by
 
all
 
ratepayers
 
associated
 
with
 
a
 
shift
 
in
 
demand.
 
Environmental
 
Value
 
Future
 
cost
 
of 
 
mitigating
 
environmental
 
impacts
 
of 
 
coal,
 
natural
 
gas,
 
nuclear,
 
and
 
other
 
generation.
 
Economic
 
Development
 
Value
 
Enhanced
 
tax
 
revenues
 
associated
 
with
 
net
 
 job
 
creation
 
for
 
solar
 
versus
 
conventional
 
power
 
generation.
 
(Solar
 
Penetration
 
Cost)
 
Additional
 
cost
 
incurred
 
to
 
accept
 
variable
 
solar
 
generation
 
onto
 
the
 
grid.
 
The
 
analysis
 
represents
 
the
 
value
 
of 
 
PV
 
for
 
a
 
“fleet”
 
of 
 
PV
 
systems
 
(that
 
is,
 
a
 
large
 
set
 
of 
 
systems
 
generating
 
into
 
the
 
grid).
 
Four
 
different
 
fleet
 
configurations
 
(e.g.,
 
fixed,
 
south
facing,
 
30
degree
 
tilt
 
angle)
 
were
 
evaluated
 
at
 
each
 
of 
 
seven
 
locations
 
(Pittsburgh,
 
PA;
 
Harrisburg,
 
PA;
 
Scranton,
 
PA;
 

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