The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) hosted the second High Penetration Solar Forum February 13–14, 2013, in San Diego, California, to address progress made toward the CPUC's California Solar Initiative (CSI) Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment (RD&D) Program goals as well as the DOE SunShot Initiative's strategic goal to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. This year’s workshop built on the success of the first DOE/CPUC High Penetration Solar Forum held in 2011.
“The DOE/CPUC workshop is a great opportunity for both organizations and the stakeholder community to work together to accelerate the research that will enable the greater deployment of solar technologies on the grid,” said Kevin Lynn, SunShot Initiative Systems Integration program manager.
The Forum included 15 presentations on grid integration projects funded through the DOE SunShot High Penetration Solar Deployment, Solar Forecasting, and Plug-and-Play Photovoltaics awards as well as the CPUC CSI RD&D solicitations.
“The Solar Forum highlighted innovative projects funded by the DOE SunShot Initiative and the CSI RD&D Program that seek to address issues related to the high penetration of solar,” said Melicia Charles of CPUC’s Energy Division. “Integrating solar into the grid is an issue that California and other states are now examining closely, and the Forum successfully helped foster a robust discussion between key stakeholders.”
Forum participants included representatives of utilities, academia, and the public and private sectors. See the full list of attendees here.
“The workshop brought together utilities addressing large amounts of solar electricity on their systems with those working to identify, quantify and resolve any issues this creates,” said Holly Thomas of the SunShot Systems Integration program. “In addition to demonstrating the usefulness of agency coordination, it was an excellent opportunity for all interested parties to learn firsthand about the current work in this area, as well as to share specific issues and possible solutions.”
“Events like this bring together key stakeholders in one room to discuss best practices and challenges related to the penetration of solar,” Charles added. “Having the right people in the room to discuss not only what is being done but what else needs to be done is important. Therefore, DOE events like this bring great value to the industry.”
For more information on the CPUC's RD&D program and related awards, visit the CSI website.