An analysis of utility incentives for residential photovoltaic installations in Phoenix, Arizona

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Abstract

Arizona regulators have implemented net metering and renewable energy production rules that prescribe distributed generation via photovoltaics. Analyses demonstrate that the wise homeowner seeks only to avoid electricity charges rather than achieving net generation with a grid-tied system. Whereas maximum energy production occurs for panels oriented directly south at a fixed angle near latitude, maximum economic return depends on the electricity rate structure which may include different charges due to seasonal and time-of-use (TOU) energy demand. For Phoenix, TOU plans typically favor optimal panel placement toward the southwest. With utility rebates and government tax credits, smaller systems achieve breakeven faster.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2007 39th North American Power Symposium, NAPS
Pages189-196
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
Event2007 39th North American Power Symposium, NAPS - Las Cruces, NM, United States
Duration: Sep 30 2007Oct 2 2007

Publication series

Name2007 39th North American Power Symposium, NAPS

Other

Other2007 39th North American Power Symposium, NAPS
CountryUnited States
CityLas Cruces, NM
Period9/30/0710/2/07

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Keywords

  • Distributed generation
  • Solar energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Holbert, K. E. (2007). An analysis of utility incentives for residential photovoltaic installations in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2007 39th North American Power Symposium, NAPS (pp. 189-196). [4402309] (2007 39th North American Power Symposium, NAPS). https://doi.org/10.1109/NAPS.2007.4402309