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The Next Wave of U.S. Utility Solar: Procurement Beyond the RPS

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The Next Wave of U.S. Utility Solar: Procurement Beyond the RPS
Published: March 1, 2016 Content info:
Description

Currently, the U.S. has installed 13.8 GW of utility-scale PV, with 80% of that coming from projects procured by utilities to meet state-level Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) requirements. But with PPA prices now ranging between $40 and $60/MWh, utility PV's value proposition is evolving beyond simply meeting an RPS obligation.

The three major non-RPS market drivers that are fueling the utility PV pipeline include voluntary utility procurement, retail customer procurement, and qualified facility development enabled through federal legislation called PURPA (Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act).

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With the federal ITC now extended beyond 2016, non-RPS market drivers are expected to drive the majority of utility PV procurement between now and 2020. This slide-based report forecasts the U.S. utility-scale PV market, describes what's driving the growth across the top state markets, identifies the top developers and offtakers, and outlines the market landscape.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  • 1. Utility PV Landscape
  • 2. Non-RPS Utility PV Procurement: Drivers
  • 3. Voluntary Procurement and Ownership of PV
  • 4. PURPA
  • 5. Retail Procurement
  • 6. The Market Landscape: Developers and Offtakers
  • 7. Conclusion

List of Figures

1. Utility PV Landscape

  • Utility PV Installations 2010 - 2015
  • Cumulative Utility PV Installations by State, 2010 - 2015
  • U.S. Utility PV Pipeline
  • Installed Cost of U.S. Residential and Utility PV Systems
  • Utility PV PPA Prices by Contract Execution Date
  • Percent Breakdown of Utility PV Driven by RPS and Non-RPS Mechanisms
  • Annual Utility PV Installation Forecast: 2010-2020E

2. Non-RPS Utility PV Procurement: Drivers

  • Categorizing Utility PV Development and Procurement Opportunities
  • Primary Development Drivers of Operating Utility PV Capacity
  • Primary Driver of Utility PV Installed and in Development
  • Current Pipeline of Contracted Utility PV Projects by Primary Driver
  • States With >50 MWdc Non-RPS Utility PV in Development
  • Top State Markets for Contracted Utility PV Projects Outside of RPS Obligations

3. Voluntary Procurement and Ownership of PV

  • U.S. Utility PV Pipeline: Segmented Market Drivers
  • U.S. Utility PV Pipeline of Voluntary Procurement Projects
  • Top Offtakers of 3rd Party-Owned Utility PV
  • Top Utilities Actively Pursuing Utility Owned Generation
  • Capacity of Voluntary Procured Utility PV Contracted and Operating

4. PURPA

  • U.S. Utility PV Pipeline: Segmented Market Drivers
  • Top PURPA State Markets by Project Stage and Average System Size
  • Top Developers of PURPA Projects
  • Breakdown of NC and Non-NC PURPA Projects Contracted and Operating

5. Retail Procurement

  • U.S. Utility PV Pipeline: Segmented Market Drivers
  • Top Developers of Retail Procurement Projects
  • Top Offtakers for Retail Procurement
  • Breakdown of Retail Procurement Contract type by MWdc
  • Breakdown of Offtaker Type by MWdc, Operating and Contracted
  • States With CCA Legislation and Exploring CCA Legislation
  • Top State Markets for Retail Procurement of Centralized Solar

6. The Market Landscape: Developers and Offtakers

  • Top Developers of Contracted and Operating Utility PV Projects Outside of RPS Obligations
  • Top Offtakers of Non-RPS Projects

7. Conclusion

  • Utility PV Installation Forecast, 2010 - 2020E
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