Engineering & Project Management

TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS

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.

 

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

Land Acquisition and Siting Challenges White Paper

July 01, 2015

Challenges related to acquiring and permitting land can delay a solar project months when not handled appropriately. This white paper explores how four co-ops have overcome barriers to land acquisition and permitting.

  
  
pv_site_specaudit_form_122014a.docxPV Land Audit Form
sunda_whitepaper_on_land_permitting_and_acquisition__7_5_15.pdfSUNDA White Paper on Land Acquisition and Siting Challenges (Public)

The Best Places to Build Solar Power Plants

September 01, 2013

This article explains the variety of factors that in combination determine effectiveness and economic favorability for PV projects.

The Best Places to Build Solar Power Plants (Co-op Resource)


Impact of Large Penetrations of Moderate Renewables on Distribution Systems

May 01, 2013

This TechSurveillance report provides a CRN summary and analysis of the Center for Energy and Technology Innovations (CEATI) report titled “Tools to Assess the PQ Impact of Large Penetrations of Modestly Rated DG on Distribution Feeders” funded by CRN and other CEATI collaborators.

Impact of Large Penetrations of Moderate Renewables on Distribution Systems (Co-op Resource)

Does Tracking Make Sense for Co-op PV Systems?

July 26, 2017

This report discusses the various benefits of off-azimuth and tracking configurations from the perspective of a distribution co-op.

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TOOLS

Distributed Generation Toolkit

June 01, 2015

This toolkit helps electric co-ops draft the rules, policies, tariffs, contract documents, and retail rates required to respond to member requests for interconnection.

Distributed Generation Toolkit

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


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