Solar + Storage: Energy’s New Power Couple

Solar + Storage: Energy’s New Power Couple


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Solar energy and storage? Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory believe that solar and batteries could be the next great pairing…to meet peak
electricity demand in the U.S., that is. Through an objective, in-depth analysis
of the relationship between battery-based storage and solar photovoltaic or
PV electricity in California, researchers found that adding high amounts of PV to
the grid could increase the ability of storage to support peak electricity
demand across the state. In other words, the technologies actually work better
together than they do alone. So, as the cost of both solar PV and
batteries continue to drop, California’s energy needs can be met in a clean,
affordable, and reliable way. And it’s not just the Golden State; researchers say
this pairing could help solve energy challenges across the country. Now that’s
what we call a “power couple”. Learn more about NREL’s exciting electric grid
research at nrel.gov/analysis

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