Photovoltaic Capacity Workshop Working Paper Released

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced today the release of a working paper, "Developing Consensus on a Capacity Methodology for PV Generation," for the PV Capacity workshop being held on September 27, immediately following the Solar Power 2007 conference.

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) announced today the release of a working paper, "Developing Consensus on a Capacity Methodology for PV Generation," for the PV Capacity workshop being held on September 27, immediately following the Solar Power 2007 conference.


Photovoltaic installations have an intuitively strong correlation with electricity demand, as hot days are often sunny ones. However, photovoltaics are a variable generation source and are not considered firm, controllable power from an electric utility perspective. Several methodologies have been developed by researchers to show statistical capacity values, but from a practical standpoint, they have not been readily adopted by the utility industry. Valuing photovoltaic capacity could provide economic and technical benefits for both utilities in planning generation supplies, as well as photovoltaic generators.

The workshop is designed to bring the solar and utility industries and researchers together to discuss different methodologies to calculate photovoltaic capacity and attempt to narrow down the options through common understanding and consensus. While technical in nature, the working paper will be the basis for discussing not only the methodologies, but also their practical applications. Utilities, researchers, and solar industry members with relevance and expertise on the topic are encouraged to register for the workshop and contribute to the group discussion.

PV Capacity Workshop
3:00-6:00pm
Thursday, September 27
Shoreline Room, Hyatt Regency
Long Beach, California

Working Paper: http://www.solarelectricpower.org/docs/PV%20Capacity%20Workshop%20Paper.pdf

Workshop information, including registration information: http://www.solarpowerconference.com/conference/schedule/event.php?id=95

About the Solar Electric Power Association
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