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Solar Thermal Trends, Performance-Based Incentives, and RPS

March 30, 2012

1:00pm — 2:30pm Eastern Daylight Time

In recent years, more states have instituted incentives and programs to encourage solar thermal energy installations. Additional states are considering doing this, either through a renewable portfolio standard (RPS), through a clean energy fund, or with a utility-based program. One important consideration has been whether and how to link any incentives to the performance of the systems.

This webinar featured three presentations looking at solar thermal from different vantage points. Les Nelson of the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials summarized market and costs trends for solar thermal technologies. James Critchfield discussed US EPA’s initiative to work with stakeholders to create a US Heat Meter Standard, which will set requirements for the instrumentation and application of equipment used to measure the energy generation of thermal energy systems. Sam Watson of the North Carolina Utilities Commission described his state’s experiences with including solar thermal in its RPS and discussed lessons learned. These presentations were followed by an audience Q&A.

Guest Speakers:

  • James Critchfield, Director for Clean Energy Market Transformation at U.S. EPA
  • Les Nelson, Director of Solar Heating & Cooling Programs for the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials
  • Sam Watson, General Counsel of the North Carolina Utilities Commission

Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf at http://www.cesa.org/assets/event-presentations/March-30-Solar-Thermal-Combined-Presentations.pdf