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Value Of Solar Q&A — A Square Cheeseburger In A Round Hole

Originally posted at ilsr.org

In 2013, Minnesota was the first state to adopt a value of solar policy as an alternative to net metering. It was left to the state’s investor-owned utilities to adopt the policy, but none have as yet. Why don’t utilities want to use value of solar? Should solar advocates be pleased or put-out that the policy lies dormant?

Find out more in this debate between ILSR’s Director of Democratic Energy John Farrell and Xcel Energy’s Rick Evans at a Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association conference in November 2014.

Use the following links to jump to answers to the hottest questions about the value of solar, or view the full list of questions or watch the entire 68-minute video below.

The Full Video

Watch the 68-minute video to see the two address a variety of questions about the policy, including its origins and prospects for implementation.

Questions for the two participants included

The first three minutes of the panel were a collection of audience questions, then answered in bulk. The questions included (links go directly to that portion of the video):

Initial Questions

The Answers (or parts of the answer)

Additional Questions

Further reading:

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John directs the Democratic Energy program at ILSR and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. His seminal paper, Democratizing the Electricity System, describes how to blast the roadblocks to distributed renewable energy generation, and how such small-scale renewable energy projects are the key to the biggest strides in renewable energy development.   Farrell also authored the landmark report Energy Self-Reliant States, which serves as the definitive energy atlas for the United States, detailing the state-by-state renewable electricity generation potential. Farrell regularly provides discussion and analysis of distributed renewable energy policy on his blog, Energy Self-Reliant States (energyselfreliantstates.org), and articles are regularly syndicated on Grist and Renewable Energy World.   John Farrell can also be found on Twitter @johnffarrell, or at jfarrell@ilsr.org.

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