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Photovoltaics for Electricity Providers

Photo of a photovoltaic system in Virginia.

This 15-kilowatt photovoltaic system in Virginia feeds clean energy into the utility grid that supplies the Pentagon with electricity.

Utility companies can use the resources on this page to find out more about how utilities are using solar photovoltaics (PV) as well as information about designing solar energy programs.

Research, Development and Deployment

Utility Technical Engagement
A central resource for utilities interested in designing solar energy programs and networking with other utilities with existing solar programs from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Program.

NREL Photovoltaics Research
A central resource for our nation's capabilities in PV, uniting diverse R&D initiatives into a single coordinated effort at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Solar Electric Power Association
A collaboration of utilities, energy service providers, and the photovoltaic industry.

Green Power Network
DOE provides news on green power markets and utility green pricing programs—both domestic and international.

Interstate Renewable Energy Council: Connecting to the Grid Program
Provides news and resources for utilities developing interconnection rules for renewable energy systems from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Analysis and Planning

NREL Solar Technology Analysis Model and Tools
Provides strategic information to clients focused on facilitating renewable energy technologies in electricity markets.

Solar Electric Power Association: Solar Tools
SPOT recommends and prioritizes solar electricity options, including incentives, solar power plants, power purchase agreements, renewable energy credits, green power pricing programs, and education and research. The Solar Electric Power Association developed SPOT with funds from DOE.

Publications

Utility-Interconnected Photovoltaic Systems: Evaluating the Rationale for the Utility-Accessible External Disconnect Switch
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, January 2008.

Renewable Energy Price-Stability Benefits in Utility Green Power Programs
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, August 2008.

Considerations for Emerging Markets for Energy Savings Certificates
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, October 2008.

Green Power Marketing in the United States: A Status Report
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, October 2008.