04/17: Energetic Value of Solar PV

Speaker: Eric Mannarino, Arup

Location:  Google, Mountain View.  SB65 Border to Border Conference Room


1365 Shorebird Way

Mountain View, CA 94043

When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Dinner & Networking: 6:00 pm; Presentation, 7:00 pm

Event Details: http://power.ieeesiliconvalley.org/

Cost:  Registration through 4/14/2019:  $15.00 for IEEE members, $20.00 non-members.  Walk-Ins if space available:  $20 members/$25 non-members

RSVP:  Register here


Government incentives and the policies of net energy metering have led to an explosion of solar PV systems throughout the United States over the last couple decades. At its advent, net energy metering marked the pivot point in the adoption of solar PV systems. The large-scale adoption of solar energy has led to the well-known duck curve; excess energy and low energy prices at midday with cost spikes and large ramps in necessary energy production moving into the evening.

Utilities have long complained that solar PV would cause harm to low income customers that could not afford installing PV systems and would be shouldered with the burden of increased rates to pay for utilities’ fixed costs. These factors have caused states such as Hawaii and Arizona to either rescind net metering or impose fixed charges on owners of solar PV systems. These changes to payback incentives for solar are leading to an enhanced marketspace for battery storage systems, especially as an energy arbitrage measure.

The recent uptick of fires, storms, and other disasters has begun to shine a light on the economic importance of resilience for building owners. People who live in recent disaster areas, whether those affected by the fires in northern California, or the hurricanes that have ravaged Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, have had to endure days or months without power in the wake of their respective disasters. Placing a dollar value on a client’s energy resilience is a difficult task but can lead to a better understanding of the true value of solar PV and Energy Storage.

Presenter: Eric Mannarino, Arup

Eric is a registered electrical engineer (CA) working at Arup’s San Francisco Office. His expertise in the field of efficient and resilient energy systems was built through the conception, design, and construction of distributed energy systems, microgrids, and critical power systems for a variety of clients. His project work includes the design of campus scale microgrids, building integrated DER systems, electric vehicle networks, and hyperscale data centers. Eric’s recent research topics include DC microgrids and the application of microgrids to critical infrastructure facilities. He holds an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering as well as a BA in Business Economics, all from the University of California, Irvine.

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Steve Jordan

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