ASHEVILLE, NC --
Progress Energy Carolinas Wednesday announced an 18-month research-and-development project with the Electric Power Research Institute to evaluate the effects of widespread, small-scale solar photovoltaic systems on the electric grid.
Progress Energy Carolinas will install twelve 180-watt solar panels and monitoring systems on utility poles in Asheville, NC. Progress Energy Carolinas and EPRI will collect detailed data in one-second intervals to study the potential benefits and impacts of installing multiple solar electric generators with variable outputs in concentrated areas. ...
The project will compare data from up to 400 locations nationwide and analyze the impact of cloud movements, shading and temperature on the systems’ production.
Progress Energy Carolinas selected Asheville for the location of its trial due to the mountainous terrain and weather conditions. Later this year, Progress Energy Florida will install similar systems on utility poles around Orlando. ...Read the full article