Economics of Solar with Storage for Municipal Sites in the City of San Diego

Emma Elgqvist, Linda Parkhill

Research output: NRELPresentation


This analysis was conducted under the first round of the Solar Energy Innovation Network (SEIN); a program led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The program assembles diverse teams of stakeholders to research solutions to real-world challenges associated with solar energy adoption. This analysis supported the efforts of the San Diego SEIN team, which consists of the City of San Diego and the Clean Coalition. The City of San Diego aims to deploy solar and storage to support energy resiliency, environmental quality, and affordability of the electricity supply. The team has estimated the total potential for solar deployment across the city, designed a program proposal for utilizing the total solar potential, completed detailed economic analysis of solar options on municipal facilities, conducted stakeholder workshops to explore solar compensation options, and is exploring opportunities for solar-plus-storage to improve resiliency at critical facilities. This analysis supports the team's work by analyzing the techno-economic potential of solar photovoltaics (PV) and lithium-ion battery energy storage at municipal sites in the City of San Diego.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages31
StatePublished - 2019

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A20-75270


  • battery storage
  • photovoltaics
  • PV
  • REopt analysis
  • San Diego
  • Solar Energy Innovation Network
  • technoeconomic potential


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