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With Tax Credits Extended, Will Wind Compete with, or Complement, Solar?

Congress’ approval late last year to extend tax credits to the wind and solar industries for an additional five years will have two big impacts. First, it will allow for steady continued market growth. Secondly, it will provide solar and wind technology and supply-chain improvement additional time to approach the levelized cost of energy of [...]

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Extending Tax Incentives Just One Bright Move for Solar

At the recent Distributed Sun New Energy Conference in Washington, D.C., Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, spoke of the need to extend the 30% solar investment tax credit (ITC) to help the fledgling solar market achieve price parity with such legacy generation sources as oil, natural gas, and coal. [...]

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Energy Storage Is a Key Ingredient for All Microgrids

Recently I read where microgrids that generate half their power from solar supposedly don’t need energy storage. It might be true that they don’t need energy storage, but any microgrid developer that fails to include it in a photovoltaic (PV) project will miss out on a wide range of significant functional benefits that would help [...]

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Want to Learn More about Microgrids? Take a Tour

S&C Electric Company recently unveiled one of North America’s most advanced microgrids at Oncor’s System Operating Services Facility near Lancaster, Texas. The electric transmission and distribution company has been kind enough to allow us to host tours of this premier facility, which also is home to Oncor’s Technology Demonstration and Education Center that S&C designed [...]

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How Can We Really Support Grid Modernization?

Last year, President Obama issued a memorandum calling for a Quadrennial Energy Review, the first of which was released this May. More specifically, it includes insights on how to improve economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility focused on energy generation, transmission, storage, and distribution. The review takes a look at threats and opportunities, and [...]

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Energy Storage Is Essential for Grid Efficiency

Utilities have always strived to balance electricity production with demand using traditional generation. Primary sources are coal and nuclear power plants along with natural gas turbines, including the inefficient and costly “peaker” plants that are used only during periods of unusually high demand, typically a few dozen hours per year. To help make the grid [...]

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