Solar PV and other distributed energy resources (DERs) are playing an increasingly important role in electricity systems across the United States. When DERs are deployed optimally, they can offer benefits to the customer, to the grid, and to utility ratepayers. For example, optimally sited DERs can reduce grid congestion and help defer, reduce, or avoid distribution system upgrade costs. Likewise, targeted solar+storage deployments can provide resiliency benefits in an event of an electrical outage.

Under CESA’s Multistate Initiative to Develop Solar in Locations that Provide Benefits to the Grid, we are working with five states and the District of Columbia to identify locations where solar and other DERs could increase the reliability and resilience of the electric grid. While our project broadly aims to advance state decision-making for identifying high-value locations for DER development, each participating state has its own specific approach and aims under the project. The agencies CESA is partnering with on this project are:

  • Connecticut Green Bank   
  • Office of the People’s Counsel for the District of Columbia
  • New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission – Sustainable Energy Division
  • Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources  
  • Washington Department of Commerce – State Energy Office
  • Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation

CESA’s Multistate Initiative to Develop Solar in Locations that Provide Benefits to the Grid will run through the summer of 2019. Through this project, we will be receiving analytical support and guidance from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

This project is part of the Solar Energy Innovation Network, a collaborative research effort to explore new ways solar energy can improve the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid. NREL is operating the Solar Energy Innovation Network with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.