Solar + Storage for Utility-Scale Deployment

Solar + Storage for Utility-Scale Deployment

February 27-28, 2020 | Denver, CO

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Over the past several years, the storage and solar sectors are more or less following a similar production trajectory — technology is advancing and costs are declining — bringing both into the power industry development mainstream.  Their operating characteristics are complementary.  So, while they’re both deployed in independent installations, increasingly they make even more sense when paired together.

This tutorial program will examine the circumstances under which solar and storage may be productively combined to improve the performance and economics of a project.  It will consider storage deployment in an original solar-plus-storage build scenario and in a scenario where storage is retrofitted to an existing solar installation.  Cost and value metrics will be evaluated.  Other factors evaluated will be how to size a battery system for solar, an investor cost/benefit scorecard (or decision matrix), internal rate of return (IRR) for different types of installations, and solar-plus-storage RFP best practices.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss how to determine the feasibility of a solar-plus-storage project
  • Evaluate the typical configurations of solar-plus-storage deployment
  • Examine components that determine the value proposition
  • Assess the establishment of value metrics
  • Review use-case scenarios
  • Identify solar-plus-storage RFP best practices


Thursday, February 27, 2020

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. :: Registration

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. :: Overview and Introductions 

1:15 – 3:00 p.m. :: The Chicken and the Egg: Which Comes First — Solar or Storage?

  • Determining the technical feasibility of a solar-plus-storage project
    • How to marry the two technologies
    • Where it makes sense
    • Project/site-specific considerations
    • Types of storage “eligible” for pairing with solar
    • Evaluating greenfield and retrofit implementations
  • Evaluating typical configurations of solar-plus-storage
    • Independent systems that are not co-located
    • AC-coupled systems that are co-located but do not share an inverter
    • DC-coupled systems that are co-located and share an inverter
    • Tightly DC-coupled systems charged entirely by solar power that share location and at least one inverter

3:00 – 3:20 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:20 – 5:00 p.m. :: Component Relationship of Energy Storage to Solar

  • Component selection
    • Solar modules
    • Storage technology
  • Power conversion equipment
  • Software
  • Electronics
  • Site development and management
  • Interconnection equipment
  • Balance of plant

Friday, February 28, 2020  

7:45 – 8:15 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: What Are the Essential Solar+Storage Project Economics?

(includes 20 min break)

  • Revenue potential
  • Capital costs
  • Deployment scenario
    • Vertically integrated utilities
    • Assets bid into wholesale electricity markets, weighing
      • Energy
      • Capacity
      • Ancillary services
    • Establishing Value Metrics
      • Intrinsic value calculation of solar-plus-storage vs cost of other resources (mostly natural gas-fired peaking plants)
      • Solar w/dedicated storage vs storage that contributes other services to the grid
      • Internal rate of return (IRR) assessment for types of storage systems
      • Solar levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) vs solar-plus-storage LCOE
    • Order of magnitude cost structures
    • Tax incentives and related considerations
    • PPAs
    • Hedges

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

1:00 – 2:45 p.m. :: Contractual Considerations of Solar+Storage Projects

  • Performance and design impacts
  • Warranty vs. performance guarantee claims
  • O&M, long-term service agreement (TSA), etc.
  • Sampling and testing requirements
  • Risks and assignments
  • Conforming to grid requirements, regulations and safety codes
  • Development and design coordination

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. :: Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:45 p.m. :: Project Development Best Practices

  • Utilities and asset owners
    • Formulating and conducting an RFP to produce usable bids
    • Acceptance of premium differential to reflect energy firming component(s)
    • Properly specifying optimal balance between storage and renewable generation
  • Project developers and teaming partners
    • Identifying project locations and favorable POI
    • Balancing the ratio of storage to solar and other renewable assets
  • Stacking project assets with storage to create baseload generation
  • Case studies of existing installations
  • Lessons learned from existing installations

4:45 p.m. :: Course Adjourns


Jason Barmann, Staff Electrical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

Jason Barmann is Staff Electrical Engineer at Burns & McDonnell.  He is assigned to the electrical group of the company’s Energy Division. His responsibilities include utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) design, electrical system design, electrical equipment procurement, load flow and short-circuit analysis, protective relay settings and configuration, and preparing electrical schematics for control and protection.

Doug Houseman, Utility Grid Modernization Lead, Burns and McDonnell

Doug Houseman is the Utility Grid Modernization Lead for Burns and McDonnell. He has been working on storage issues since 1980, when he was involved with a number of DOD projects.  As a long-time industry veteran, he has worked on all seven continents and in more than 70 countries on grid-related issues.  Before joining the Burns & McDonnell, Mr. Houseman was previously the Vice President for Technical Innovation at EnerNex, and the CTO for Energy at Capgemini.  He is the Chairman of the IEEE PES Grid and Emerging Technology Coordinating Committee, a member of several standards working groups, and the author of CEATI’s Distribution Utility Technology Roadmap, as well as the Low Carbon Menu.  In addition, he is a member of the Gridwise Architecture Council (GWAC), chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Intelligent Grid and Emerging Technology Coordinating Committee, and a NIST Resiliency Fellow.

Ed Bossange, Head – Capital Markets, Generate Capital (invited)

Ed Bossange is a Principal and Head of Capital Markets at Generate Capital.  He brings more than 10 years of experience in renewable energy and project finance.  Before joining Generate in 2016, he was a vice president of Origination and Structuring at Morgan Stanley where he sat in the North America Power and Gas business on the Commodities trading floor, investing the firm’s balance sheet into renewable energy assets.  He spent more than six years at Morgan Stanley primarily focused on originating, acquiring, developing and financing solar PV projects across residential, C&I, and small utility-scale, which included playing an integral role in more than $200 million of the first community solar portfolios institutionally financed in the U.S.  Mr. Bossange began his career in renewable energy as a design engineer for both solar PV and hot water system integration in New York City.  He holds an MS in mechanical engineering-energy systems from Columbia University, and a BS in mathematics from Hamilton College.


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Utility-Scale Solar + Storage

February 27-28, 2020 | Denver, CO
Individual attendee(s) - $ 1395.00 each

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