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Market Trends - PV Reaching Grid Parity

Grid parity slides by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Disasters: Photovoltaics for Special Needs

This paper emphasizes on the needs to protect special needs people because of their health conditions and evaluates the approaches to prevent injury. Disaster resistant homes with a renewable energy source would reduce shelter efforts, emotional stress and recovery costs.

Location:
Florida
United States

Renewable Energy and Disaster-Resistant Buildings

The purpose of this paper is to minimize the destruction and disruption caused by natural disasters with implementation of disaster resistant buildings .This approaches uses the best energy efficient buildings, fortified to the latest codes and incorporative renewable energy systems. T

Location:
Florida
United States

Models Used to Assess the Performance of Photovoltaic Systems

This report documents the various photovoltaic (PV) performance models and software developed and utilized by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in support of the Photovoltaics and Grid Integration Department. In addition to PV performance models, hybrid system and battery storage models are discussed. A hybrid system using other distributed sources and energy storage can help reduce the variability inherent in PV generation, and due to the complexity of combining multiple generation sources and system loads, these models are invaluable for system design and optimization.

Lana'ai Hawaii: An Inside Look at the World's Most Advanced Renewable Energy MicroGrid

This is a 47-slide presentation on the performance and operation of the microgrid on the island of Lanai with multi-megawatt solar PV generation.

Location:
Hawaii
United States

Sonoma County Solar Implementation Plan

Solar power and energy efficiency constitute a win‐win formula to jump start the local economy and effectively respond to the climate change crisis. To address these important opportunities, this Sonoma County Solar Implementation Plan was prepared by Solar Sonoma County, a nonprofit public/private consortium of local governments, businesses, other entities and individuals working collaboratively to identify and implement initiatives to promote, expand, and accelerate solar power and energy efficiency throughout Sonoma County, under a U.S.

Location:
Santa Rosa/Sonoma County, California
United States

Decoupling Utility Profits from Sales: Issues for the Photovoltaic Industry

This decoupling white paper stays neutral on the topic, instead providing an overview of the problem with revenue loss and a background on net metering and its specific impact on the problem. The paper then goes on to more specifically define and discuss decoupling and alternatives to decoupling. This is followed by a decoupling case study of a hypothetical utility.

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