The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) released a report entitled, “Colorado Customer-Sited Energy Study.” The published report is a summary of a more detailed study completed by ANTARES late in 2015. The press release for the announcement can be found here. The purpose of the study was,
…to conduct a study to determine the size and characteristics of the market for customer-sited energy systems in Colorado. The study primarily targeted energy technologies that are eligible under Colorado’s renewable energy standard (RES), including solar photovoltaics (PV), small wind turbines, small and micro-hydropower, waste heat recovery, solar thermal heating, ground source heat pumps (GSHP), and energy storage.
As part of the effort, ANTARES constructed a large database and used advanced data analytics to validate data collected from a variety of sources. Data analysis included the use of geolocational data to validate address information and energy system data.
The importance of this work is that the baseline data will be useful in cataloging and characterizing the long-term performance of small-scale renewable energy systems across the Colorado. In the future, ANTARES believes that the data collection and analytical methods developed are broadly applicable to jurisdictions across the United States. ANTARES is engaging state energy offices across the country to complete similar assessments. Look for more reports to come in the near future.