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Brought to you by. Integrating Solar Inverters Into the Smart Grid. Tom Tansy SunSpec Alliance June 24, 2014. Today’s Presenters. Tom Tansy SunSpec. Martin McCue Moxa. Agenda. Introduce the SunSpec Alliance U.S. solar market outlook Trends driving the smart inverter market

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today s presenters
Today’s Presenters

Tom Tansy

SunSpec

Martin McCue

Moxa

agenda
Agenda
  • Introduce the SunSpec Alliance
  • U.S. solar market outlook
  • Trends driving the smart inverter market
  • Opportunities for integrators
  • Q & A
sunspec information standards
SunSpec Information Standards

Bulk Data

Exchange

Inverter

Tracker

Finance Risk

Assessment

Meter

Grid

Operations

InternetVPN

Plant

Controller

Data Store

String

Cloud

SCADA

Module

RegulatoryReporting

Storage

Custom Apps

Enviro

End-To-End Security Monitoring & Control

Solar Plant

Applications

standards drive innovation and value
Standards Drive Innovation and Value

Value

Innovation

Performance

Plant Operations

Grid Control

Cost

Complexity

Risk

Risk Assessment

slide9

So

More PV Installed in Q4 2013 Than All of 2011

2013: 4,751 MW140,000 installations

$13.7B market size

Source: Greentech Research, April 2014

Source: GTM Research/SEIA U.S. Solar Market Insight

national market is forming
National Market Is Forming

Source: Greentech Research, April 2014

Source: GTM Research/SEIA U.S. Solar Market Insight

but concentration remains in a few states
But Concentration Remains In A Few States

2013 Installations

Residential

Non-Residential

Source: Greentech Research, April 2014

Source: GTM Research/SEIA U.S. Solar Market Insight

professional investing era has started
Professional Investing Era Has Started

“SolarCitySecuritization Deal Jolts Solar Energy Industry”

“NRG Yield IPO ‘could transform access to capital’”

“SolarCityAnnounces Pricing of Second Securitization”

“SunEdisonup 9% on ‘yieldco’ IPO news”

u s re industry needs a lot of capital
U.S. RE Industry Needs A Lot Of Capital

Source: Financing U.S. Renewable Energy Projects Through Public Capital Vehicles: Qualitative and Quantitative Benefits (2013); Mendelsohn, M. Feldman, D. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy13osti/58315.pdf

most capital unavailable to re investment
Most Capital Unavailable to RE Investment

Source: The CityUK

Source: The CityUK

public capital vehicles could lower lcoe 8 16
Public Capital Vehicles Could Lower LCOE 8-16%

Source: Financing U.S. Renewable Energy Projects Through Public Capital Vehicles: Qualitative and Quantitative Benefits (2013); Mendelsohn, M. Feldman, D. http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy13osti/58315.pdf

early commercialization finance gap
Early Commercialization Finance Gap

Transitional Assistance Needed

solar access to public capital initiative
Solar Access To Public Capital Initiative
  • Goals
    • Cover early commercialization gap
    • Investigate way to expand capital base
    • Lower costs of RE financing
  • Results
    • Identified public market mechanisms
      • Securitization
      • Master Limited Partnerships
    • Delivered standard documents & processes
    • Engaged 250 investors & developers
    • Initiated “mock” securitization

Download: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy12osti/55021.pdf

california rule 21 changes coming
California Rule 21 Changes Coming
  • Rule 21 defines how solar plants connect to the grid
  • New revision permits smart inverters
    • To “support” the grid
    • Enable new services & revenue streams
    • Set stage for U.S. rollout
smart inverters storage coming together
Smart Inverters & Storage Coming Together

Generation

Storage

Wider Operating Range(lower Pmin)

Voltage Support

Regulation

DispatchableSolar/Wind

Fast Ramping

FrequencyResponse

Over GenerationMitigation

Dispatchable Quick Start

Load Shift

Peak Load Reduction

Demand Response

epri sunspec california solar initiative smart inverter test certification program
EPRI/SunSpec California Solar InitiativeSmart Inverter Test & Certification Program
  • Supported by leaders
    • SMA, Fronius
    • SCE, SMUD
    • Sandia, UL
  • Demo full integration
    • Technical controls
    • Market signals
    • Utility networks
  • Enables broad deployment
    • Sets stage for U.S. roll out
    • Harmonizes safety standards
early smart inverter projects
Early Smart Inverter Projects
  • Cooperate with utilities
  • Build revenue models
  • Showcase expertise
last mile network integration
Last Mile Network Integration

Private

Cloud

Grid

Operations

Utility/ISO

Inverter

Tracker

Plant Controller

Meter

String

Public

Cloud

Module

Plant Controller

IPP

O&M

Storage

Enviro

End-To-End Security, Monitoring & Control

Solar Plant

Applications

pv storage solutions
PV + Storage Solutions
  • California mandate to add 1,325 MW storage by 2020
  • Cal ISO enabling “Flexible Ramping” product sales
  • “Second Life” EV batteries driving economics
summary
Summary
  • Smart inverter era has started
  • Opportunities emerging
    • New deployment scenarios
    • New revenue & product/service opportunities
    • Broader utility cooperation
  • Act now to lead this exciting field
questions answers
Questions & Answers

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Tom Tansy - tom@sunspec.org - +1 831-227-1073