About The Author

Dylan Cutler is a Senior Research Engineer the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Thinking Creatively About Residential Solar PV System Optimization: The Solar Plus Approach

Grid-tied residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems reduce customer grid electricity costs. In most major PV markets, customers are also compensated for PV output exported to the grid. Grid export compensation rates are falling around the world, meaning that customers face incentives to increase self-­use and reduce grid exports. However, the ability of customers to self-use