25 Aug '14, 2pm

Can Open Standards Accelerate Community Shared Solar?

Shared renewable energy systems (a common example is known as a solar garden) provide electricity that is credited to multiple utility customers. Shared systems are often managed by third parties, which must regularly communicate data to the utility, such as the proportion of energy to be credited to each account. Utilities use a variety of different billing software packages and credit participants in different ways, such as virtual net metering and community solar tariffs. One of the very first solar gardens was developed in Ellensburg, Washington in 2006 with about 90 subscribers. Every three months, the resource manager of this small municipal utility would physically read the production meter. The kWh produced would be entered into a simple spreadsheet to calculate the billing credits, equal to each subscriber’s fractional interest multiplied by the revenue generated ...

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