Quick Reads

The distributed PV (DPV) toolkit offers resources and guidance to support developing countries address barriers to safe, effective, and accelerated deployment of small-scale, photovoltaic systems connected at the distribution-level. This page contains a list of resources which quickly address multiple barriers and opportunities to DPV growth.

Grid-Integrated Distributed Solar: Addressing Challenges for Operations and Planning

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2016

Integrating DPV on a distribution system poses both unique challenges and opportunities. This factsheet reviews the barriers and provides best practices when operating and planning for distributed solar.

Distributed Solar PV for Electricity System Resiliency: Policy and Regulatory Considerations

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2014

DPV can be designed to supply electricity during grid outages. This paper presents approaches that specifically support resiliency through design of PV systems utilizing community energy storage, solar-diesel hybrid systems, and micro-grids. The paper also considers policies and regulations to support resiliency.

Grid-Connected Distributed Generation: Compensation Mechanism Basics

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2017

DG owners can be compensated in different ways for the electricity their systems generate. This short report defines compensation mechanisms for grid-connected, behind-the-meter DG systems as instruments that comprise three core elements: (1) metering & billing arrangements, (2) sell rate design, and (3) retail rate design. This report explores metering & billing arrangements (net energy metering (NEM); buy all, sell all; and net billing), with some limited discussion of sell rate design.

Distributed Generation to Support Development-Focused Climate Action

National Renewable Energy Laboratory and USAID, 2016

DG can play a role in sustainable, low-emission, climate-resilient development worldwide. This report identifies the benefits of DG deployment in development scenarios through energy access, greenhouse gas emission mitigation, and climate resilience as well as specific actions that may enhance or increase the likelihood of climate and development benefits. Additionally, several brief case-studies of DG deployment in developing communities are included.

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