Shining a Light on the True Value of Solar Power

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EurekaAlert brings us another insightful piece via Michigan Technological University, highlighting the true cost of distributed solar on the grid and local utilities. While historically, utilities and opponents of solar have argued that non-solar customers are subsidising solar customers, the study finds that the opposite is, in fact, the case. From the article:
“Anyone who puts up solar is being a great citizen for their neighbors and for their local utility,” Pearce said, noting that when someone puts up grid-tied solar panels, they are essentially investing in the grid itself. “Customers with solar distributed generation are making it so utility companies don’t have to make as many infrastructure investments, while at the same time solar shaves down peak demands when electricity is the most expensive.”

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