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Solar Technologies Program

Program Overview and Goals

The ACEP Solar Technologies Program works to support responsible and equitable development of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in Alaska and other cold regions and high latitude areas 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. With a focus now primarily on solar PV technology, we are accomplishing this mission 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, performance, and durability of existing systems along with common failure modes.

In addition, the Solar Technologies Program works closely with other ACEP programs, including the Power Systems Integration Program and Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center, to identify strategies and best practices for integrating PV along with other variable energy sources into electric grids. The Solar Technologies Program also works with solar installers and utilities to achieve maximum cost savings and grid stability.



This program is funded in part through the ARCTIC Program, an initiative supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).