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A Long-Term Look at Wind Versus Solar

There’s seemingly been so much buzz in the trade media about new large solar projects that the continued construction of large wind plants almost goes unnoticed, even though it continues to happen. MidAmerican Energy Co., for example, in June announced a conditional agreement with Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S to provide 1,000 wind turbines for […]

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When Solar+Energy Storage Makes Dollars and Sense

S&C generated media attention recently for its completion of one of Ohio’s largest energy-storage projects, in Minster, Ohio. I’d like to explain why this project is so important. It would be simple to cite the fact that, for the first time, a municipal utility combined solar power with energy storage. That’s noteworthy, but the real […]

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The Challenges of Achieving 100% Renewable Energy

Discussion has been growing lately regarding the pursuit of 100% renewable energy. Achieving that goal already is starting to occur, albeit for only short periods. Portugal reportedly went four consecutive days running on entirely renewable energy. And during a few hours on May 8 in Germany, solar, wind, hydro, and biomass plants reportedly generated approximately […]

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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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