Why Local Solar + Storage is a Pillar of the Net-Zero Grid

The Biden administration has set an ambitious goal of a $2 Trillion climate spending plan in an effort to help decarbonize our nation. When comparing ways to decarbonize our electricity grid, most people tend to first think about utility-scale solar and wind as they are currently the cheapest form of new electricity. A recent study by Chris Clack is claiming that “a local solar-storage plan could save hundreds of billions of dollars as we build out the net-zero grid.”

While it’s true that the direct costs of utility-scale solar is cheaper than both residential and commercial, a more holistic comparison is revealing both unaccounted costs and benefits that sway the comparison. Here’s just a few:
  • Distribution and Transmission Costs – Large increases in Utility-Scale Solar requires major upgrades to the utility grid to account for required transmission and distribution.
  • Local Job Creation – For every MW of solar installed, localized solar + storage creates 250% more jobs compared to the utility-scale equivalent.
  • Homeowners Savings > Utilities Savings – While a localized solar + storage plan can help everyone save (homeowners and utilities included) most of those savings will benefit homeowners rather than utility corporations. 
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