Maximizing the Value of Photovoltaic Installations on Schools in California: Choosing the Best Electricity Rates.
Author: Ong, S.; Denholm, P.
Pages/Volumes: 44 pp.
Publication Year: 2011
Document Type: Research Report
NTIS/GPO Number: 1019162
Subject Code Description: Energy Analysis
Abstract: Schools in California often have a choice between multiple electricity rate options. For schools with photovoltaic (PV) installations, choosing the right rate is essential to maximize the value of PV generation. The rate option that minimizes a school?s electricity expenses often does not remain the most economical choice after the school installs a PV system. The complex interaction between PV generation, building load, and rate structure makes determining the best rate a challenging task. This report evaluates 22 rate structures across three of California?s largest electric utilities--Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E)--in order to identify common rate structure attributes that are favorable to PV installations.
Accession Number: 51694
Library Notes: NPL-1107 REV
Report Numbers: TP-6A20-51694
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