Solar Technologies Program
Program Overview and Goals
Alaska is looking to solar photovoltaic (PV) technology as a viable energy option for both urban and rural communities. With a focus now primarily on solar PV technology, the ACEP Solar Technologies Program is working to responsibly increase the use of solar PV in Alaska and the Arctic where it is technically and economically warranted. ACEP instigated the first solar data collection in 2012 related to solar thermal systems in the Arctic; since then, we have witnessed dramatic decreases in the price of solar technology in Alaska, following global trends.
We are working towards this goal by improving our understanding of the Alaska solar resource, identifying new technologies and novel configurations that can improve energy outputs and ease integration concerns, and improving our understanding of the cost and performance of existing systems along with common failure modes. In addition, the Solar Technologies Program works closely with solar installers, utilities, and the PSI program at ACEP to identify best practices for integrating solar PV technology into small grids to achieve maximum cost savings and grid stability.
Solar PV Test Site Real-Time Data (coming soon)
Alaska Solar PV Installation Performance Database (coming soon)
Statewide Irradiance Monitoring (coming soon)