Utility Procurement Study: Solar Electricity in the Utility Market

  • Author(s): Mike Taylor, Frederick Morse, Cynthia Hunt Jaehne, Mark McGree, Bud Beebe, Arthur O'Donnell, Ray Dracker, Andreas Karelas, Andrew Nourafshan
  • Date: December 1st, 2008 | Report | 17 Pages

  • SEPA’s new report addresses utilities’ acquisition of large-scale solar, which currently occurs primarily through requests for proposals (RFPs) and subsequent power purchase agreement (PPA) contracts. This report draws best practices from both the utility and solar industries, and provides education and insights for both parties that can lower costs, improve expectations, and streamline efficiency. Additionally, it looks beyond traditional RFP/PPA processes, and investigates other innovative ways utilities can procure large amounts of solar in new and potentially better ways.

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