Storage, New Grid Technologies Key To Boosting Solar



Solar and wind farms are supplying a growing portion of the nation’s electric power, but the looming question is how to best put all that power to work when it’s needed most.

Utilities including Tucson Electric Power Co., researchers and renewable-energy companies are scrambling to find answers in new energy-storage technologies and grid-management strategies, experts said at a solar symposium this week at the University of Arizona Tech Park.

TEP has added significant solar and wind resources in recent years and is adding larger projects as it works toward a goal of generating a third of its power from renewable sources by 2030, Ted Burhans, TEP’s director of renewable resources, said during a panel discussion on the future of solar.


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