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Non-ownership Business Models for Solar Energy

09 Jul
2019
11:00 am
Paris
English

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2019-07-09T11:00:00 2019-07-09T12:30:00 Non-ownership Business Models for Solar Energy Information Systems and Operations Management Speaker : Vishal Agrawal Georgetown   HEC Campus - Jouy-En-Josas - Buil. T - Room 15 Paris

Information Systems and Operations Management

Speaker : Vishal Agrawal Georgetown  

HEC Campus - Jouy-En-Josas - Buil. T - Room 15

Abstract: Solar power companies, such as SolarCity and Sunrun, have introduced innovative non-ownership business models---leasing and power purchase agreement (PPA)---in addition to  sales. Under these models, the company installs solar panels for a customer, who purchases the electricity generated from the panels. Under leasing, a customer pays a fixed fee, whereas under PPA, a customer pays a per-unit price for the electricity generated. The adoption of solar panels is also promoted by investment and generation subsidies, which are received by customers under sales, but by the solar power company under non-ownership models. In addition,  some states currently have restrictions on non-ownership model(s) to protect utility firms' revenues.  Motivated by this context, we characterize a solar power company's optimal business model decisions in order to analyze the economic and environmental implications of such subsidies and restrictions. Our results offer several managerial insights and policy implications. We find that a higher investment subsidy makes it more attractive for the company to offer sales, whereas a higher generation subsidy makes it more attractive to offer non-ownership models. Although a higher generation subsidy leads to higher total adoption and generation of renewable energy, interestingly, a higher investment subsidy can backfire by leading to lower total adoption and generation. Consequently, we find that a higher investment subsidy can actually lead to a higher revenue for the utility firm. Finally, contrary to conventional wisdom, we show that restricting the solar power company from offering leasing may be detrimental for the utility firm and beneficial for the environment. (Joint work with Safak Yucel and Beril Toktay)

 

Link to paper: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3375372

 

Bio: Vishal Agrawal is Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor and Lapeyre Family Associate Professor at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. His research interests include sustainable operations, new product development and supply chain management. His research focuses on managerial challenges at the interface of business and the environment. He is also interested in the effect of consumer behavior on operations and new product development strategies. His research has appeared in leading journals such as Management Science and M&SOM, and has received several awards including the Management Science Best Paper in Operations Management Award (2015), Paul Kleindorfer Award in Sustainability (2016), and the INFORMS ENRE Young Researcher Award (runner up 2014). He serves as an associate editor for Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management and Service Science. More information can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/vishalagrawal

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2019-07-09T11:00:00 2019-07-09T12:30:00 Non-ownership Business Models for Solar Energy Information Systems and Operations Management Speaker : Vishal Agrawal Georgetown   HEC Campus - Jouy-En-Josas - Buil. T - Room 15 Paris