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SPI: Utility Executives Speak Up on Solar's Future: DALLAS – The year is 2031. An electric utility company beco...

DALLAS – The year is 2031. An electric utility company becomes the first utility in U.S. history to receive its primary form of generation from solar power. This was the scenario presented by Julia Hamm, president and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) , during a Solar Power International session on Oct. 19. But what would need to happen in order for this fictitious scenario to become a reality? The obvious answer lies in government subsidies, which are now looking grim in the aftermath of Solyndra’s bankruptcy. Beyond the hopes of tax grants and a national renewable standard, what can the power industry do to see solar implemented into utilities’ portfolios on a larger scale? Hamm said that collaboration between utilities and solar businesses is key and then introduced six executives of municipal or public utilities to discuss solar integration at the util...

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