Building Blocks for Distributed PV Deployment, Part 1: Goals, Definitions and Compensation

Due in part to the low cost of photovoltaic system hardware and scalability for deployment, grid-connected distributed photovoltaic (DPV) technologies are increasingly permeating global power markets. While this trend could help substantially reduce the carbon footprint of global power generation, empower citizens across the socio-economic spectrum, and expand local PV markets, there are a number of technical and policy issues—especially in countries that have limited technical resources and need to “get things right” the first time.

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with USAID Distributed PV Program, is hosting a no-cost webinar that explores the "building blocks" of establishing a distributed PV program, which include:

  • Setting a distributed PV vision, goals, and roles and responsibilities
  • Defining distributed generation
  • Establishing a compensation mechanism
  • Creating interconnection processes, standards, and codes
  • Providing public policy support as needed.

This webinar is Part 1 in a two-part series. It will explore building blocks 1, 2, and 3. A second webinar will explore building blocks 4 and 5.

The purpose of the webinar series is to provide policymakers, utilities, and other energy practitioners in the developing world a foundational, concise guide and best practices for establishing a distributed PV program in their countries.

The USAID Distributed PV Program, implemented by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, aims to help USAID partner countries address barriers to safe, effective and accelerated DPV deployment.

The webinar presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.

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