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Solar Industry, Utilities Seek Common Ground (02/20/2014)

"The solar industry is very diverse, and when you look at the various interests at play, they don't necessarily align," said Julia Hamm, president and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association, which counts both solar companies and utilities among its members.   >>

Babcock Utility Fight Part of Larger Debate (4/20/14)

The developers of Babcock Ranch are in a power struggle with the Lee County Electric Cooperative — and it's not just about electrons, kilowatt hours and money.

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California Electricity Grid Tests ‘Green’ Technology (4/12/14)

If a cloud goes over one of the large-scale solar farms east of the Coachella Valley — or one of the desert’s thousands of rooftop installations — Jim Blatchford is going to know about it and have a pretty good idea of its impact on the electric grid.  >>

North American Solar Seeks To Learn From Germany's Grid Integration Trials (3/21/14)

Despite its success in managing variable-generation power sources such as wind and solar, Germany's electricity distribution system is beginning to show signs of saturation.   >>

 

Utility Solar Conference
April 29-30, 2014

Newport Beach Marriott
Newport Beach, CA  >>

Solar Power International
October 20-23, 2014

Las Vegas, NV  >>

 

Predicting Solar Power Production: Irradiance Forecasting Models, Applications and Future Prospects 

This report provides a review of solar forecasting approaches and how they are being used by grid operators, utility companies, and other market participants for planning and operations. This report is based on a survey of the literative and interviews with experts from three broad stakeholder groups.

Utility Community Solar Handbook – A Development Guide for Utility-Managed Community Solar Programs

Written specifically for utilities looking to create a community solar program, this handbook describes the major issues and components that need to be addressed in program design and provides methods to get the process started.

Energy Storage: Variability is the most common critique of solar technologies.

The development of energy storage technologies and methods, as well as the intelligence controls to optimize deployment are critical to managing high levels of solar penetration on the distribution and transmission grid.