30 Apr '13, 7pm

SEPA launched its Utility Solar Blog today - learn the story behind the Top 10 from the Utility Solar Rankings survey

SEPA launched its Utility Solar Blog today - learn the story behind the Top 10 from the Utility Solar Rankings survey

It shows the total number of power plants greater than 1 megawatt by state. How many do they add up to? Just over 6,350 1 . Think about that - 6,300 non-solar versus 303,000 solar power plants, the latter of which is growing by tens and soon hundreds of thousands per year. To be fair, this is not a megawatt-to-megawatt comparison - the average solar system size is 20 kilowatts. But the decentralization of electricity generation has started. Which begs the question, what implications does this have for utilities? First, the staffing needs to process and interconnect these systems are growing. This was the focus of a panel that I moderated at USC on streamlining interconnection processes. One utility reported not having the manpower to inspect any of the more than 1,000 systems they interconnected last year, even sizes up to 2 megawatts. There was an audible gasp from the ut...

Full article: http://www.solarelectricpower.org/blog

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