24 Jun '11, 11am

Giant $1.4 Billion Solar Project Will Almost Double Total U.S. Capacity from 2010

Giant $1.4 Billion Solar Project Will Almost Double Total U.S. Capacity from 2010

At least one major U.S. utility, Duke Energy, is becoming a huge fan of distributed rooftop solar power . In this model, the electricity generated by the individual installation does not supply the building directly. Instead, it is networked into the grid. This is the model that Project Amp will follow. Among the advantages, the distributed/grid model offers building owners the potential for offsite energy storage (particularly useful for facilities that operate at night) along with reliability of supply if something goes haywire on the roof. The grid model also offers a more attractive degree of energy security compared to large centralized power plants, which are vulnerable to natural disasters and other catastrophic circumstances.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/06/24/giant-1-4-billion-sol...

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