Thinking Creatively About Residential Solar PV System Optimization: The Solar Plus Approach
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Robert Margolis is a Senior Energy Analyst at NREL.

                       

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 PV output is limited by the instantaneous nature of electricity generation: PV output generated by the midday sun is no longer available for self-­use later...

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