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Jun 5, 2021

“Utilities want to pay solar homeowners less for the energy they produce, but VCE’s modeling shows that, if anything, they should be paid more. ” –David Roberts, Volts.

As renewable energy continues its rise, there is a perceived conflict between advocates of a Centralized electrical grid and people who believe a Distributed power system is better. As a reminder, Centralized grids are systems where one source creates and distributes electricity to many (hydroelectric dams, coal, gas or nuclear plants). Examples of decentralized systems include rooftop solar (residential and commercial), batteries, wind turbines, bi-directional EV charging and anything else which generates, stores or manages electricity and is interconnected to the larger electrical grid.

A recent study by Vibrant Clean Energy (VCE) debuted a new way to model the energy system that takes into account DERs (distributed energy resources) and the services they provide and the results suggest that when integrated thoughtfully with Centralized systems over the coming decades, consumers and Utilities can save up to $473 billion dollars by making the transition to clean, renewable energy.

So, it turns out each roof is contributing to the fight against the Climate Crisis, stabilizing the grid and helping to lower the cost of energy for everyone.

Give us a call at 206-706-1931 when you’re ready to learn about your options for going solar or fill out our contact form at the bottom of the page.

About The Author - Jeremy Smithson

Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

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