25 Nov '14, 3pm

A New Way To Finance Solar and Storage: The LOPPA

A New Way To Finance Solar and Storage: The LOPPA

Solar and energy storage will increasingly be integrated together at commercial sites, homes and microgrids. But to be honest, they are an odd couple with very different personalities. Solar is passive: solar modules are typically planted in a fixed position to generate power for 20 or 30 years. You have to hose them off occasionally, but active maintenance and management reimains fairly minimal. Except for the occasional inverter glitch, lifetime energy output is also somewhat predictable. Storage systems, by contrast, are active, continually discharging and/or charging to arbitrage pricing or balance loads . Maintenance and upgrades are part of the territory: batteries need to be swapped in and out of the system over its lifetime. The software installed with solar systems functions mostly to document power production. The software inside of storage systems functions more...

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