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Policies for Distributed PV

13 September 2018 to 13 September 2019

The following webinars were—or will be—presented as part of the first module of an eight-module expert training course for decision makers, practitioners and engineers delivered by the International Solar Alliance and the Clean Energy Solutions Center.

Introduction to Solar Policies: RPS, FITs, Auctions and Net Metering

2 October 2018

This training examines various policies and finance mechanisms supporting deployment of solar energy projects. The content provides an overview of renewable portfolio standards, feed-in tariffs, auctions and net-metering policy measures.

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Distributed PV Compensation Mechanisms

13 September 2019

In this presentation, the discussion centers on distributed PV compensation mechanisms and the various aspects that influence the compensation for distributed solar PV projects. The information delves into the role of fixed rate chargers, fees, and rising retail prices, and how to adapt compensation mechanisms to effectively balance overall system costs.

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Introduction to Grid Parity

24 May 2019

The goals of this session are to understand the (simplistic) concept of grid parity, the nuances of grid parity (including other cost competitiveness benchmarks, the components of the retail electricity market and rate design), the “death spiral” argument and the risk related to project finance via self-consumption.

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Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) and Feed-in Premiums (FIPs)

21 January 2019

In this session, we define Feed-in tariffs (FITs) and Feed-in premiums (FIPs). You will learn how these two policy mechanisms emerged and how they different from other renewable energy policies. You will gain an understanding how FITs and FIPs are currently used in jurisdictions around the world and the advantages, challenges, and opportunities these policies present.

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Solar PV Policy: Net Metering and Net Billing

Part 1: Net Metering

19 October 2018

This session covers the rise of net-metering policy, and such elements as policy design, use and adaptation of net-metering in various regions around the globe. The presenter, Toby Couture, examines the prosumer concept and its impacts on the electricity sector.

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Part 2: Net Billing

31 October 2018

This session examines the net-billing policy concept for solar energy. Mr. Couture describes how net-billing policies differ from traditional net-metering, addresses application of the policy in jurisdictions around the world, and explains the advantages and challenges associated.

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Combining FITs and Net Metering: The NET-FITs Concept

13 December 2018

In this session, you will learn about an emerging renewable energy policy known as NET-FIT. Mr. Couture explains how NET-FIT policies emerged and how they differ from the traditional feed-in tariff and net-metering policies. You will hear where NET-FITs are currently being used in jurisdictions around the world, and understand the advantages and challenges of NET-FIT policies for scaling up distributed solar.

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The Role of Rate Design

Part 1: Traditional Rate Design: Volumetric, Fixed, and Demand Charges

13 September 2018

This training examines key considerations for solar PV rate design, including fees, fixed charges, demand charges and other regulatory tools to better balance the costs and benefits of distributed solar.

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Part 2: Time-varying Rates, Locational Pricing, Cost-benefit Analysis, Two-way Rate Design

26 September 2018

This webinar offers information on time-varying rates, locational pricing and components of cost-benefit analysis of distributed generation roof-top PV. It also provides an outlook on two-way rate design combining net-metering and feed-in tariffs.

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New Business Models

Part 1: Solar PV Sector

17 September 2018

This training, which is presented in two parts, focuses on the issue of new business models in the solar PV sector. This part, Part 1, provides an overview of four main business models, including historical context of their emergence, how they are reducing the barriers to adopting solar, and their associated advantages and challenges.

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Part 2: Traditional Utility Sector

1 October 2018

This training focuses on new business models impacting the traditional utility sector. It covers the historical context related to liberalization of the electricity market, evolving business models in the utility sector, how business models combined with trends are impacting the power sector, and key issues and challenges utilities face.

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