Valuing the Resilience Provided by Solar and Battery Energy Storage Systems

January 30, 2018

Seth Mullendore, Joyce McLaren | National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Researchers from NREL and Clean Energy Group found that placing a monetary value on the ability of solar+storage to avoid losses during grid outages can significantly impact project economics and system design. Using data from Southern California Edison, researchers analyzed the economic case for solar+storage for three customer types (school, office building, and hotel) in Anaheim, California. In each case analyzed, larger PV and battery storage systems were found to be economical when the value of resilience is accounted for.