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What to expect in the Utility Database?

Anyone in the solar and its supporting-technology industry − electric service providers, integrators, developers, manufacturers, supporting service providers, and policy makers − can benefit from the Utility Database. The UD serves as a clearinghouse for everything related to utilities and solar-supporting activities, from programs and projects to reports and RFPs. Click on each section to find out more.

Utilities

What is it?

You can view SEPA-exclusive utility solar rankings in this segment, which detail each utility’s level of solar deployment. Using the same information that culminates into SEPA’s annual Utility Solar Rankings report, these rankings have garnered significant media attention, and help those in the solar industry to compare a utility’s solar profile with peer utilities.

Additionally, each utility is linked to its utility profile, which contains details of activities in specific segments. Within the profile, you can view solar installation and energy storage information submitted by utilities that is exclusively available through the Utility Database.

How will it help me?

Exclusive Utility Data This segment features exclusive solar and solar-supporting information submitted by utilities on an annual basis that includes residential, non-residential, and centralized market segments.

Historic Trends As an added feature, you can access multi-year information on a utility, without having to purchase separate annual datasets.

Breadth and Depth The presentation of this segment simultaneously provides breadth and depth to allow you to quickly view and compare each utility on multiple solar energy deployment aspects.

How does it work?

You can view utility solar data by # of Systems, Capacity and Watts per Customer on an annual or cumulative basis, and by annual MW ranking. Sort accordingly by clicking on the column headers or applying filters from the dropdown menus.

Utility profiles are accessible on each page of the UD, by clicking on a utility’s name. Users can sort information in this area of the database by clicking on the column headers or applying filters from the dropdown menus.

Customer Programs

What is it?

In this segment, you can find utility solar information on: Community Solar, Green Pricing, Key Accounts, Property Leasing, and Solar Rates programs. These are customer-oriented solar programs offered by the utility. Information includes programs that sell shares of electricity output of utility-owned/managed photovoltaic projects for customers to virtually offset their electric bills; programs where customers can opt-in to pay a premium to support their utility’s renewable energy investments; and other arrangements that aim to offer a solar-choice for electricity customers.

Additionally, each utility is linked to its utility profile, which contains details of activities in specific segments. Within the profile, you can view comprehensive solar installation information submitted by utilities that is exclusively available through the Utility Database.

How will it help me?

Regional Offers You can view regional utility offers of these customer programs by filtering your search by state and utility type.

Condensed Versions This information is typically available through individual utility websites, but as a UD user, you have easy and quick access to all SEPA-tracked customer programs -- displayed on a single page.

Easy Searching You can construct customized searches for specific customer program types, along with other desired characteristics (size, format, etc). 

How does it work?

View these programs by utility, state, title, and type by sorting accordingly or applying filters from the dropdown menus.

Utility Initiatives

What is it?

Utility initiatives are organized as: RD&D, Smart Grid, Utility Ownership, and Unregulated Subsidiaries. The RD&D and Smart Grid categories track utilities with solar programs dedicated to respective purposes. Utility Ownership captures programs where utilities own solar generation asset portfolios. Unregulated Subsidiaries refer to business models adopted by unregulated entities, such as holding companies or unregulated subsidiaries of IOUs that principally participate in the solar markets by developing and owning solar installations; selling solar power output to load-serving utilities; or making financial investments in the solar industry.

How will it help me?

Categorization Although utility initiatives are mostly disparate, utility-tailored information, the UD specializes in bringing together and organizing this information for you, so you can view and compare utility initiatives side-by-side.

Plain to See With access to the UD, you only need to browse one website. Unregulated subsidiaries (and other utility initiatives) are all displayed on a single page, with detailed descriptions ready for you to view.

How does it work?

Users can sort information in this area of the database by clicking on the column headers or applying filters from the dropdown menus.

Projects

What is it?

You will find solar PV projects from S&P Global Market Intelligence, and electro-mechanical, electro-chemical, and thermal energy storage projects sourced from DOE's Global Energy Storage Database. 

How will it help me?

Filter by information request For each planned or operating solar project displayed, you can view more detailed information, including: state, project name, technology, planned/operating capacity, reliability services provided, and more.

Standardization Standardization applied to this segment allows you to compare apples to apples across all projects. As a result, you can easily and quickly filter by project characteristics, helping you visualize regional trends or create customized analyses. 

How does it work?

You can view tabulation of energy storage projects, or filter accordingly by choosing specific states or utilities. A click on the project name opens a window that shows each project in greater detail. 

RFPs

What is it?

You can keep up to date with utility requests for proposals (RFPs) and other contract requests (RFI, RFQ, etc.) via this segment, which displays current and archived contract requests from utilities. Utilities often issue RFPs as part of their efforts to increase renewable energy more broadly within their service territories. A utility-issued RFP may either seek specific partners, or just as likely announce a variety of projects being sought such that, when combined, allow for a target amount of renewable energy generation to be reached.

How will it help me?

RFP contacts are included - if publicly available. You can quickly reach out to inquire about an RFP.

Sort by deadline, which allows you to quickly and easily access current utility contract requests in active bidding processes.

See standards language If you are a utility about to issue a renewable energy-related RFP, seeking similar RFP examples before finalizing the issuance may potentially help with contract risk mitigation.

How does it work?

View these documents by utility, state, procurement topic, type, technology, capacity threshold and deadline, and sort accordingly by clicking on the column headers or applying filters from the dropdown menus.

Incentives

What is it?

The incentives segment details solar-related rebate, performance, financing, and tax incentives issued by a governing entity and/or administered by utilities across the nation. This encompassing list further breaks down the types of eligible sectors into residential, commercial, educational/institutional, government, low-income, and other sectors targeted by the incentives.

How will it help me?

Utility-based Incentives Instant access to this information allows you to quickly reference solar-related incentives involving a particular utility, or help in forming perspectives on how specific utilities may have preference in administering the incentives.

Regional Motivation Information in this segment allows you to draw potential correlations between utility incentives and solar deployment activity level (i.e., number of utility initiatives or customer programs offered).

How does it work?

View these programs by state and utility name/type by sorting accordingly or applying filters from the dropdown menus. A large portion of this information comes from the public DSIRE database.

What makes the UD better?

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