Duke Energy pushes for rooftop solar distributed power program

December 15 2008 / by Garry Golden
Category: Energy   Year: 2011   Rating: 1

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Electricity powers the future.  And changing how electricity is produced, distributed and stored is arguably the greatest challenge for governments and business in the years ahead.

What needs to change?

1) The regulatory frameworks that shape the business models of public/private utlities

2) Addressing the physical decline (and disruption vulnerability) of aging and 'one-way' flow national electricity grids.

3) Advancing science and technologies that can enable new forms of grid management (e.g. software and sensors), energy storage (batteries, hydrogen and capacitors), and distributed power generation (solar, fuel cells).

These are big tasks, with no quick fixes.  But now we have one of the biggest utilities in the United States, opening up a small door of opportunity for distributed power generation. It is not game-changing, but noteworthy!

What happened?
'Big Grid' embracing Distributed Power Generation
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Utility giant Duke Energy has asked the North Carolina Utilities Commission(NCUC) to support a solar distributed generation program.   Duke plans to install electricity-generating photovoltaic solar panels across several hundred North Carolina homes, schools, office buildings, shopping malls, warehouses and large manufacturing facilities – both on roofs and on the ground.

The plans have been slighly scaled back since the project's first announcement in June 2008, but Duke remains committed. According to a press release, Duke Energy Carolinas would own and operate the equipment, and the power produced by each installation would be used to serve the utility’s customers. So the electricity would not be owned and used by the host sites.

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Duke Energy Press Release

 

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

 

Image Credit OiMax Flickr CC License

 

Keywords: Electricity, Energy Storage, Grid,

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