Solar PV plant.
Credit: First Solar.
cost? Thinking through and documenting all the different generating and charging scenarios is a complicated task that requires
technical, business, and legal teams to all work together.
Interconnection, Taxes and Insurance
In addition to cracking open the PPA, interconnection upgrades
may be necessary when installing co-located storage, as well
as signifcant meter upgrades to measure the power going in
and out of the various components of the project. If storage and
solar are to be installed together, then the interconnection stud-
ies can be done at one time and one comprehensive interconnec-
tion agreement can be entered into. However, if storage is to be
added to an existing project, new studies may be required and
the interconnection agreement may need to be amended, or an
entirely new interconnection agreement may be required. The
state of the transmission grid
may also have changed from
the time when the initial
studies were performed, and
a change to the project could
trigger network upgrades that
previously were not required.
Developers must ensure
their existing property rights
allow for the new co-located
storage facility. If a solar or
wind lease was entered into,
does it also grant the rights to
install a battery system? Does
the tax abatement agreement