Designing PV Incentive Programs to Promote Performance: A Reviewof Current Practice in the U.S.

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In the U.S., the increasing financial support for customer-sited photovoltaic (PV) systems provided through publicly-funded incentive programs has heightened concerns about the long-term performance of these systems. Given the barriers that customers face to ensuring that their PV systems perform well, and the responsibility that PV incentive programs bear to ensure that public funds are prudently spent, these programs should, and often do, play a critical role in addressing PV system performance. To provide a point of reference for assessing the current state of the art, and to inform program design efforts going forward, we examine the approaches to encouraging ... continued below

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Barbose, Galen; Wiser, Ryan & Bolinger, Mark October 6, 2006.

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In the U.S., the increasing financial support for customer-sited photovoltaic (PV) systems provided through publicly-funded incentive programs has heightened concerns about the long-term performance of these systems. Given the barriers that customers face to ensuring that their PV systems perform well, and the responsibility that PV incentive programs bear to ensure that public funds are prudently spent, these programs should, and often do, play a critical role in addressing PV system performance. To provide a point of reference for assessing the current state of the art, and to inform program design efforts going forward, we examine the approaches to encouraging PV system performance used by 32 prominent PV incentive programs in the U.S. We identify eight general strategies or groups of related strategies that these programs have used to address factors that affect performance, and describe key implementation details. Based on this review, we then offer recommendations for how PV incentive programs can be effectively designed to mitigate potential performance issues.

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  • Journal Name: Renewable&Sustainable Energy Reviews; Journal Volume: 12; Journal Issue: 4; Related Information: Journal Publication Date: 05/2008

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  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 932494
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Barbose, Galen; Wiser, Ryan & Bolinger, Mark. Designing PV Incentive Programs to Promote Performance: A Reviewof Current Practice in the U.S., article, October 6, 2006; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc894948/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.