Private vs. public value of U.S. residential battery storage operated for solar self-consumption

Private vs. public value of U.S. residential battery storage operated for solar self-consumption

August 04, 2022

This webinar discusses findings from a recent Berkeley Lab study evaluating the use of residential battery storage for maximizing solar self-consumption. The research, which was published in the journal iScience, shows that operating storage for solar self-consumption under standard net billing tariffs yields virtually no value to the bulk power system. However, the paper goes on to show how net billing tariffs could be designed or coupled with other incentives in a manner that yields more beneficial use of storage, without degrading solar self-consumption levels or imposing significant additional stress on the local distribution network. The paper and associated slide deck briefing can be downloaded here.

We thank the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office for their support of this work.