30 Oct '14, 4pm

Energy Department to Integrate Affordable Solar Energy into U.S. Electrical Grid

Supporting the goals of the Climate Action Plan, the Energy Department announced $15 million in available funding to help integrate distributed, onsite solar energy systems into the nation’s electrical grid. With more solar power installed in the United States in the last 18 months than in 30 years prior, solar is shattering records. Since 2009, the amount of solar power installed in the U.S. has increased more than thirteen fold – from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to an estimated 15.9 GW today – enough to power the equivalent of 3.2 million average American homes. As more solar comes online, the Energy Department is working to address the challenges of solar power, such as the variability of available sunshine during the day, and developing solutions to better integrate solar photovoltaics (PV) with electric power systems throughout the grid. To further spur widespread depl...

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