Free Webinar: PV + Batteries: Integrating Storage with Grid-Tied PV Systems, April 26, 9 am -12:30 pm PT

  • 26 April 2024 To 8 April 2024
  • Start time : 09:00 AM
  • End time : 12:30 PM
  • Event Host : Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
PV + Batteries: Integrating Storage with Grid-Tied PV Systems
Event Description

Recent developments with building codes, safety requirements, utility rate structures, state incentives, and federal tax credit legislation have led to ever-greater installations of energy storage systems, often paired with grid-tied solar electric systems. This course will cover developing battery technologies and how batteries in Energy Storage Systems (ESS) of various sizes are paired with Solar Energy Systems (SES). The instructors will discuss battery technologies and the market, the design criteria and system components for on-grid systems, as well as the financial value and regulatory landscape. The class will also outline the various ways batteries can store solar electricity with customer sited systems and deliver benefits and ancillary services to the utility grid.

Portions of the class are focused at an introductory level, with practical examples for anyone who wants to learn more about solar with batteries. Other portions provide a more advanced class level for anyone who wants to learn more in-depth about different battery technologies, and how stationary or vehicle-based energy storage systems can best be paired with a photovoltaic (PV) system.


The objective of this course is that at the conclusion, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize growing battery components paired PV grid-tied systems including design discussions with criteria, requirements, alternatives, and options
  • Discuss specific On Grid requirements with equipment and system components
  • Summarize the state of battery technology and future projections
  • Describe the current regulatory situation (concerning batteries) and future projections
  • Access tools for financial assessment and bid preparation

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  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
  • Agenda
    • - Introduction and safety message
      - Battery technology and modes of operation
      - On-grid design adaptations
      - Storage benefits: finances and value proposition
      - Regulatory landscape and future projections: energy storage system performance comparisons, regulatory issues, and new alternatives
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Tom Rust

      Tom is the Founder and CEO of Nanochip, a nanotech memory company partnered with Intel, and Photon Energy Systems, an ultra thin flexible bifacial silicon solar manufacturer. Currently, he is the CTO of Custom Power Solar, which provides residential & commercial solar + storage modeling, installation & development.

      Chris Calwell

      Chris co-founded Ecos Consulting, later acquired by Ecova. Ecos was an early force in helping to transform markets for energy efficient consumer products and technologies. Chris led the firm’s Research and Policy team from the company’s inception through 2009 then served as Principal Investigator for Ecova’s initiatives on energy efficient lighting, power conversion, appliances, and consumer electronics.Chris began his career in energy efficiency at the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco, where he supported NRDC’s ground-breaking initiatives on climate change, automotive fuel efficiency, electric vehicles, efficient lighting, and utility regulatory reform. Chris currently lectures around the country on opportunities to achieve ZNE through changes in plug loads, lighting, and occupant behavior. Chris holds a B.A. in environmental studies from Trinity University and an M.A. in Energy & Resources from the University of California at Berkeley.

      August Goers

      August Goers is Chief Operating Officer and Co-Owner at Luminalt of San Francisco. He has devoted his career to the craft of designing and installing quality solar electric, energy storage, and solar thermal systems. In 1997 August began work installing off-grid battery-based PV systems around California's central coast and in early 2006 joined Luminalt. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, holds both NABCEP® PV Installation Professional and Solar Heating Installer certifications, and is a C20 HVAC and C10 electrical contractor.
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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