NREL Appoints SunSpec Alliance to Build Solar Performance Dataset

March 2013, Golden, Colorado. NREL contracted with SunSpec Alliance—an industry-leading association of monitoring, component, and development entities—to build a database of real-world solar asset performances from solar facilities across the country. The database, which uses associated data that is collected from thousands of systems across the United States, is designed to improve access to low-cost financial capital by enabling credit rating agencies and potential investors to assess the underlying risk of the asset class.

This database and the SAPC working group are part of a broader NREL effort, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Balance of System Program, to access public capital through investment vehicles such as asset-backed securities. Click here for more information on this NREL initiative.

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4 Responses to NREL Appoints SunSpec Alliance to Build Solar Performance Dataset
  1. […] NREL contracted with SunSpec Alliance to build the anonymous system-performance dataset. Visit the O-SPaRC sign-up page to […]

  2. Peter Rundle
    April 27, 2013 | 6:33 am

    Most solar installations today are concerned with one thing -price, While critical to the final decision we must also place a higher emphasis on the energy production that system will generate.This is becoming increasingly more important as we see the introduction on micro inverters and optimizes

    We feel that it is vital to add a new evaluation metric to future residential and commercial solar installations.. That metric would Cost Per W of energy produced at commissioning.


  3. Constantine Nick
    April 15, 2013 | 6:38 am

    I am going to propose an array of PV cells on a building roof for the University of Kansas, to reach its sustainable energy goals.

  4. Susan Silvano
    April 9, 2013 | 8:52 am

    From a personal perspective, it would be tremendously helpful to have a trusted source of information regarding the costs and benefits of installing solar power in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The cost of electric in St. Thomas is 50.9 per kw hour, and rising. The utility company here has numerous issues leading to loss of power on a fairly regular basis, causing damage to appliances and machinery. Businesses are closing and residents, especially those with limited resources, are struggling to pay electric and repair bills.

    There are a number of new companies springing up here to provide solar power, but it is difficult to judge quality results or track record since solar power in the V.I. is fairly new and very expensive. Thank you for this initiative – hurry!

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