18 Apr '11, 11pm

If you like solar, tell your utility to publish this map

Distributed energy generation (like solar) brings unique and valuable benefits to the electric grid. But capturing those benefits means solar and other renewable energy developers must find the best places to plug in to the grid, e.g. where demand is high or infrastructure is stressed. The cost to connect distributed generation may also be lower in these areas. Unfortunately, data about a utility's grid system is rarely public. California utilities are changing the game. To support its solar photovoltaic (PV) program , Southern California Edison (SCE) rolled out a map of its grid system, highlighting (in red) areas that "could potentially minimize your costs of interconnection to the SCE system." A similar map is forthcoming from San Diego Gas & Electric. View larger, interactive map Since as much as a third of the cost of PV can be recaptured via its benefits to the elect...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-04-18-if-you-like-s...

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