06 Dec '11, 8pm

New Lab to Help Utilities 'See' Grid of the Future

New Lab to Help Utilities 'See' Grid of the Future

Connecting that small amount of renewables into the power grid is not a big deal. "If you have 1,000 homes and five to 10 percent of those add solar, the variation and the output of the PV is in the noise of the grid," Mooney said. "Right now, utilities view PV systems in small numbers as a demand reduction technology — no different than people switching to compact florescent bulbs. But, if 50 percent of those 1,000 homes have a PV system, then the output could start to look more like a generating technology to the utility. Once it reaches those kinds of numbers, the utility has to start worrying about things like variation in cloud cover that cause PV output to vary."

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