solar energy

Smart energy solutions certification firm DNV GL partnered with power utility Hawaiian Electric Company and the US Department of Energy (DoE) on a solar energy project.Under the collaboration, the Norwegian consultancy and certification firm has been tasked to monitor and provide accreditation of the utility’s use of a grid management technology, to integrate solar energy generation with storage.

The US$2,4 million programme aims to highlight the possibility of managing increased distributed energy resources across the utility’s grid. The initiative is part of the Department of Energy’s SHINES and SunShot projects.

The SunShot project aims to accelerate the adoption of solar energy usage by making the generation platform cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade.

[quote] Meanwhile, the SHINES project aims to accelerate the development of  solar power and storage interoperability technologies.

DNV GL Solar Segment director, Ray Hudson, said: The Hawaiian Electric  project aims to demonstrate management of and the optimal mix of solar plus energy storage with a target of maintaining a level cost of energy (LCOE) of less than 14 cents per kWh.

It is expected that, based on the results of the project, the deployment of solar technologies developed under SHINE will increase, as well as, integration with utilities grids to provide grid response capabilities.

Solar funding

In other recent news on certification of solar energy technologies, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners secured a US$1,1 million funding from the DoE to accelerate adoption of solar.

The capital will be channelled to the organisation through the DoE’s SunShot Initiative.

In a combined statement, NABCEP, a renewable energy consulting and accreditation company said it will use the money to improve its existing certification programmes in line with trends taking shape in the solar industry.

The capital is said will also be used for the firm's 2017 launch of three new certifications for professionals in the PV system design, installation and maintenance, to help define personnel standards as well as fill a gap in sector's workforce standards. [California utility partners with local IPP on solar energy].

However, the majority of the funding will be used to upgrade the company’s PV Installation Professional Certification and the Foundational Task Analysis.

Richard Lawrence, executive director for NABCEP commented: "As the industry evolves, it is important that NABCEP's certification programs evolve as well. The Job Task Analysis is how we capture the skill sets and competencies required of solar workers who ensure the quality and performance of residential and commercial photovoltaic systems."

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