Which do you feel is better, large Wind & Solar Farms? Or Localized Power Generation and why?!
- Oct 9, 2019 12:59 pm GMT
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The U.S. Department of Energy is currently pursuing a strategy to create a smart grid, an automated, cleaner and less-centralized means of meeting the nation's energy demands.
The idea of a localized power grid or microgrid fits into this overall strategy in several key ways.
First, the more power produced on a local level, the less a community will need to import from outside power plants or leech off the network. And there would be a reduction in transmission cost.
Many of the nation's energy woes are due to the electrical equivalency of a run on the bank. Temperatures suddenly skyrocket, so more people crank up the air conditioning -- which puts a huge drain on the grid.
If there's not enough to go around, then not everyone gets power -- at least until sufficient energy becomes available elsewhere on the grid.
What direction should we be pursuing?! 🤔
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Program Manager, CWB Solutions
The practical answer is that you do what you think is economically the best for you. The second consideration is that you do what you think is morally best. Many corporate entities have invested in renewables via Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) or virtual PPAs for both economic and moral reasons. These investments are in large wind and solar facilities. On the small scale, many people find it economically a great idea to install solar on their roofs. They also like the moral choice. As the grid goes toward the direction of distributed energy resources, which includes both of your questions, utilities pursue the goal of grid resiliency and stability. For some, that means funding coal and nuclear power plants that have had a difficult economic time. For others, that means investing in new grid technology that supports distributed energy resources.
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Member since 2019
Expert Independent Consultant ,Electric Power Systems Engineering, Self
I prefer small size of wind and solar , supported by suitable size gas turbine or desiel engine as a backup. Also , one can think of starage battery as addition. Sizes will depend upon estemated load in the near future and metiorolgical conditions of the covered zone.
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