Residential and Commercial Installed Solar PV Prices Still Falling in the U.S
“Solar prices are still falling in the U.S!”
Small news update. According to a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the price of a median-sized installed solar PV has declined around 5% from the first half of 2017 to the second half. This and other information shows that Residential and Commercial Installed Solar PV Prices Still Falling in the U.S.
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How Hurricane Florence will Test Solar Resilience
“How will Hurricane Florence serve as a test-case for solar resilience?”
Hurricane Florence is about to descend into the U.S State of North Carolina, which has the second highest amount of solar energy capacity in the nation. During this time we will be able to see firsthand how solar PV systems will respond to a hurricane and their level of resilience.
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California might be 100% Carbon-Free by 2045
“Will the world’s 5th largest economy be carbon-free by 2045?”
States around the world are launching bolder and bolder Renewable Energy targets. But one place might be shattering the all-time record. California, the 5th largest economy in the world, has recently passed in its Assembly SB 100, which mandates that the state must achieve 60% renewables by 2030 and 100% by 2045! If this passes the Senate and gets the Governor’s signature then this idea will become reality!
Virtual Power Plants
“How can distributed energy resources match the generation capacity of more traditional power plants?”
With the ascent of distributed energy resources, power plants are becoming an emblem of bygone days. However, many people still want to emulate the generation capacity. So how can we do this using our new technology? Well, what if we were to coordinate all of the distributed energy resources together such that they achieve the volume of traditional plants? These are known as Virtual Power Plants and are becoming a hot topic in renewable energy.
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Residential Batteries as a part of a Virtual Power Plant
“How can homeowners be apart of a virtual power plant?”
With the advent of the distributed energy future, residential batteries and virtual power plants are on the rise. However, can they interact with each other in any way? It turns out that through smart coordination, Residential Batteries can be apart of a Virtual Power Plant! This gives high hopes for homeowners who want to do their part to spread renewable energy.
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Quasi-static Time Series
“How can we work with time-dependent and discrete data?”
Distributed Energy Resources can have many different discrete processes that are time dependent such as solar panels producing usable current and batteries absorbing energy. And sometimes these time-dependent processes might actually have multiple different time periods. Since normal analysis is too difficult to integrate with this, we can use something called Quasi-static Time Series to quantify our data.
“How can we measure how long it takes for an energy generator to come online?”
Things in the physical world tend to have inertia. Electricity generating sources are no different. As a result, they will have a ramp rate in kW/minute that measures how long they take to come online.