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A Valuation-Based Framework for Considering Distributed Generation Photovoltaic Tariff Design

Sources:

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Authors:

Owen R. Zinaman

Naïm R. Darghouth

Date:

1 March 2015

Cost-benefit analyses for distributed generation photovoltaic (DGPV) can provide substantive insights into understanding the potential flows of value among stakeholders that grid-connected DGPV programs might induce. Tariff design has a significant impact on the level and accrual of such value; thus, a cost-benefit analysis is a robust starting point for stakeholder engagement and discussion on DGPV tariff design. To that end, this report outlines a holistic high-level approach to the complex undertaking of DGPV tariff design, the crux of which is an iterative cost-benefit analysis process.