Evaluation and Decision-Making

The decision to undertake a solar project can be influenced by many factors. The resources in this section are here to help co-op leaders make better informed choices when considering potential solar projects. 

RESOURCES FOR CO-OP LEADERS

Solar PV Getting Started Brochure

This brochure lays out the main factors and considerations involved in implementing a solar PV project. It covers 4 primary PV program designs and weighs the pros and cons of each.


Solar PV Getting Started Brochure

Solar Decision Process Graphic

Have you thought about Solar lately?

Tools & Resources to Help Co-ops Evaluate and Implement Solar PV

NRECA Launches New Solar Interest Group for Members

The Community Solar Playbook

To help cooperatives save time and resources, the Community Solar Playbook provides decision tools that share experiences and facilitate peer learning. These tools include resources to support (a) community solar program design and (b) community solar program implementation.

The Community Solar Playbook is made up of five modules. Each module is focused on the actions required from a particular division of a cooperative utility to establish a community solar program.

The Community Solar Playbook

Project Manager’s PV Quick Start Guide

February 11, 2016

This quick start guide, based on the PV field guide, is for co-op project managers who are responsible for developing a utility-scale PV system and overseeing its details.

Project Manager’s PV Quick Start Guide

Solar Case Studies

August 01, 2015

These eight case studies illustrate some of the innovative ways cooperatives are satisfying member-consumers’ demand for solar-derived electricity.

Solar Case Studies


Case Study: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative

July 01, 2015

This case study looks at the impact of extensive solar penetration at Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, which has experienced dramatic growth in solar photovoltaic systems, and shares lessons learned about issues related with significant solar PV growth.

Case Study: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative – The Impact of Extensive PV Penetration (Public)

Cost and Finance Screening Tool for Utility-Scale Solar Projects

June 01, 2015

Use the screening tool now, available as Excel file from Dropbox. Need help? Watch our tutorial video.

 

 

SUNDA PV Maturity 2014 Survey Results

In this 2014 survey, 584 cooperatives indicate the have or expect to have solar PV on their systems in the next three-to-five years. The survey probed the views of co-op professionals on the status of the solar market, resource planning, member engagement, community solar, safety and finances.

SUNDA PV Maturity 2014 Survey Results

Solar PV Fact Sheet

January 01, 2014

This solar fact sheet provides a quick-reference regarding the basics of the solar market today, including pertinent definitions, market components, and impact to cooperatives.

Solar PV Fact Sheet (Co-op Resource)

PV Field Manual and Reference Designs

February 01, 2015

Volume I of the field manual covers utility-scale solar business models and financing options. Volumes II and III cover topics for engineers.

PV Field Manual and Reference Designs

WEBINARS

Solar Tools: Getting Co-ops Up to Speed on Their Solar Options

May 31, 2016

Learn more about the solar resources and tools NRECA developed including business models, financing options, engineering designs, a PV field manual and training and best practices for operations and maintenance.

Watch the webinar (Public)


Case Studies for Deploying Utility-Scale Solar PV

May 11, 2016

90 minute presentation covering first-hand experiences from three successful cooperative solar deployments. Includes predicted and actual system costs, challenges and lessons learned.

Watch the webinar (Public)


Cooperative Experiences with Community Solar

August 01, 2015

This 90-minute presentation explores community solar business models and the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. Hear from three co-ops already implementing community solar and learn about NRECA’s community solar resources.

Watch the webinar (Public)


Tools for Utility Scale PV at Your Co-op

March 01, 2015

Overview of the tools and resources available to cooperatives through the SUNDA project, including the financial and cost models, the PV field manual and engineering designs.

Watch the webinar (Public)


​Questions? Email us at SUNDA@nreca.coop or login to visit the Solar Energy section for more solar resources.