Puerto Rico Webinar Series: Community Solar, Financing, and Visualizing Solar Potential Webinar

This webinar from Oct. 25, 2019, covered community solar in Puerto Rico, including resources and case studies, solar project financing, and a model for visualizing solar potential on rooftops.

It was one in a series of four extended webinars for Puerto Rico energy system planners offered in the fall of 2019 as part of NREL’s contribution to Multi-Lab Energy Planning Support for Puerto Rico.

View all webinars in the series.

Webinar Sessions

This 2.5-hour webinar featured the following sessions.

Community Solar Plus Battery Storage, Jason Coughlin, NREL

This presentation provided summary updates of both market segments, discussed potential project structures and subscriber benefits, and explored case studies where battery storage has been combined with community solar.

Additional resources:

Community Solar

Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate-Income Customers, NREL Technical Report (2018)

Low-Income Community Solar: Utility Return Considerations for Electric Cooperatives, NREL Technical Report (2018)

Valuing the Resilience Provided by Solar and Battery Energy Storage Systems, NREL Brochure (2018)

Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges, NREL Brochure (2017)

Grid-Scale Battery Storage Frequently Asked Questions, NREL Brochure (2019)

Up to the Challenge: Communities Deploy Solar in Underserved Markets, Jeff Cook, NREL

This session provided an overview of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) community solar challenge program and discussion of key takeaways from NREL's analysis of participating teams' outcomes.


Up to the Challenge: Communities Deploy Solar in Underserved Markets, NREL Technical Report (2019)

Solar Lending by Local and Regional Financial Institutions, Paul Schwabe, NREL

This was a discussion of experiences and perspectives of local financial institutions in the United States that have launched solar investment portfolios, including the evolution of the products and their performance.

Additional resources:

Solar Lending Practices by Community and Regional Financial Institutions, NREL Technical Report (2018)

Community Banks and Credit Unions Report Success with Solar Loans, NREL Report Finds

Visual-SOLAR: Modeling and Visualization of Solar Energy Potential on Building Rooftops, OluFemi Omitaomu, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

This session discussed of use of lidar data for large-scale modeling and estimation of solar energy potential of buildings in an urban area, including potential applications of outputs.

Also see: 

Methodology for Estimating Solar Potential on Multiple Building Rooftops for Photovoltaic Systems, Sustainable Cities and Society (2013)


DOE and its national laboratories: NREL, Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories.


If you have any questions about this webinar series, please contact prprojects@nrel.gov.