09 Aug '17, 10am

To Solve ‘Duck Curve,’ Missouri Utility to Pay Bonus for West-Facing Solar Panels https://t.co/PdEshph4dJ

To Solve ‘Duck Curve,’ Missouri Utility to Pay Bonus for West-Facing Solar Panels https://t.co/PdEshph4dJ

In an effort to better align solar-energy production with peak demand, the electric utility in Columbia, Missouri, has begun to pay higher rebates for new west-facing arrays than it will for those facing south. The city-owned utility adjusted its rebates as of Aug. 1 in order to encourage more solar production in late afternoon, when electricity use tends to peak, especially during the high-demand summer months. “To date, most systems that have been installed have maximized benefits to the customer,” said Ryan Williams, Columbia’s assistant director of water and light. “The goal is to shift the market so it would increase benefits to the utility.” The Duck Curve Columbia Water & Light appears to be one of very few utilities to tackle the “duck curve,” the tendency of solar arrays to reach maximum production in the middle of the day, a few hours before demand peaks. Two yea...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/08/to-s...

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