Renewable energy experts and a new report from the solar industry say Los Angeles could generate a larger portion of its electricity and replace traditional power plants with wider use of residential solar panels backed up by battery storage.
According to NBC News, The concept of a “virtual power plant” that could replace one of three natural gas plants being phased out by the city has already been deployed successfully in Orange County and Waltham, Vermont. But Los Angeles, where officials want to rely entirely on renewable energy by 2050, would be the largest U.S. city to go virtual.
The report from San Francisco-based residential solar company Sunrun amounts to a sales pitch to the city to expand the number of solar residences to at least 75,000, which would be enough to collectively replace the power production of one gas-powered plant and save $60 million. “What we can do is if we can put a battery with each one of those solar systems, we can link them with software and when the utility needs that power, it can be dispatched from 75,000 homes,” said Sunrun CEO Lynn Jurich.
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Date: Apr 08, 2019 @ 09:24
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