Webinar: Energy Transition Initiative and Solar Distributed Generation

Webinar: Energy Transition Initiative and Solar Distributed Generation

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Institute of the Americas
10111 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla, CA, 92037
United States

Photovoltaic (PV) technology used presently dates back to the 1950´s when the first PV cell was made at Bell Labs in California and was used to power satellites in the 1970´s. Subsequently, a handful of Japanese high-tech manufacturers and European oil companies utilized the technology to power off-grid applications.

The first PV systems connected to the electric grid were done at homes in Japan and Europe in the 1980´s. The distributed generation market using PV technology was born in Japan where the government implemented a rebate program for homeowners in 1994. The European Union took advantage of the cost reductions in early 2000´s and created a program to encourage the deployment of PV systems at homes, businesses, and in open spaces. They implemented an incentive program called Feed in Tariffs.

The State of California enacted the California Solar Initiative to promote distributed solar energy in 2007 by borrowing from lessons learned in Japan and Germany, both countries with high penetration of solar technologies. A 10-year or 10-step program was designed with reimbursement payments assigned to residential rate-payers and a payment based of kWh production for commercial and industrial customers up to 1MW.

Join us for a webinar presentation on distributed generation experience in California from the policy and market perspectives featuring Cecilia Aguillon, the new Energy Transition Initiative Director at the Institute of the Americas. She comes to the Institute with 18 years of experience in designing and implementing distributed solar policies and developing business in emerging markets for Kyocera Corporation in the Americas.

Cecilia will share key facets of solar distributed generation’s evolution and how California capitalized on lessons learned from Asia and Europe to design the most successful photovoltaic market for communities across the state and beyond. She will discuss the role of different stakeholders in the solar market and key lessons learned. She will compare approaches by other markets that fell short of the mark, and discuss how Latin America could benefit from the California experience and address the following questions: Which policies could be adopted beyond the U.S.? Which markets in Latin America have adopted similar policies? How can the California model be modified to fit the objectives of diverse markets? Can distributed policies coexist with utility scale and auction markets?



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