National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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In this report, we examine several possible methods for generating PV supply curves based exclusively on rooftop deployment. We begin by introducing a framework methodology for a basic supply curve based on estimated distribution of population and buildings, rooftop availability and orientation, and geographical variation in resource. We then discuss limitations to this basic methodology and introduce alternative supply curves that consider additional factors – changes in PV efficiency and configuration, rooftop availability, and grid limitations – while emphasizing the data and methodological limitations to each approach. The resulting curves potentially could be used as inputs to other models or as stand-alone results.
Energy analysis; Residential solar energy; Rooftop photovoltaics; Solar energy variability
Environmental Design | Oil, Gas, and Energy
Supply curves for rooftop solar pv-generated electricity for the United States.
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