U.S. Photovoltaic economics are affected by wide ranging climatic, policy and financial diversity. Utilities and their customers can use technology characteristics to minimize risk and insure long-term bankability.
Washington, D.C. (Vocus) September 16, 2010
The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), an educational and research non-profit focused on helping utilities integrate solar into their operations, today released its Photovoltaic (PV) Technology Characterization Review. The review provides an analysis of technical metrics across the commercialized PV materials, including manufacturing processes, efficiency and performance, market applications, and environmental characteristics.
“U.S. Photovoltaic economics are affected by wide ranging climatic, policy and financial diversity. Utilities and their customers can use technology characteristics to minimize risk and insure long-term bankability,” said SEPA Technical Director, Christy Herig.
During the past two decades, the PV market has changed from mainly off-grid applications with 70 percent of the market in 1992, to grid connected applications with 95 percent of the market in 2008. While still a minor percentage of the global generation portfolio, PV technology embodies a transformation from the traditional energy market. Short and long term investments require an understanding of the photovoltaic technologies from the manufacturing process through deployment.
“Utilities are increasingly interested in learning about these new technologies and the direct and indirect trade-offs when making technology choices and partnering with companies on projects,” said SEPA President and CEO Julia Hamm.
The Photovoltaic Technology report serves as a reference for comparison and understanding and is free to members. Non-members may download the Executive Summary or purchase the full report. For more information, visit http://www.solarelectricpower.org/resources/reports.aspx.
SEPA will also host a “special edition” webinar to discuss the report on Tuesday, September 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The one-hour webinar will include presentations by Herig, as well as Shyam Mehta of Greentech Media. The presentation is free for SEPA members and the media; the cost is $125 for non-members. To register for the webinar, visit http://www.solarelectricpower.org/events/webinars.aspx.
The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios. With more than 700 utility and solar industry members, SEPA provides unbiased utility solar market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, and peer-to-peer interaction. From hosting national events to one-on-one counseling, SEPA helps utilities make smart solar decisions. For more information, visit http://www.solarelectricpower.org.