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The Prodigious Growth of On-Site Solar Energy

From: Doug K.
Sent on: Sunday, June 22, 2014 7:37 AM

Led by home solar energy, there is a revolution in on-site renewable electricity generation underway in the U.S.  The process of generating electricity from small energy sources is called by a number of names, including distributed generation, dispersed generation, embedded generation, decentralized generation, decentralized energy, distributed energy or district energy. These energy systems commonly employ small-scale power generation technologies, typically in the range of 1 kW to 10,000 kW.

The benefits of small scale local generation over large centralized energy production are numerous and include minimized environmental impacts. Locally produced energy does not need to travel long distances which reduces the amount of energy lost in transmission and eliminates the need for extensive power lines. On-site smaller scale energy generation affords greater supply security, lower maintenance requirements, lower pollution and higher efficiencies.

While solar power has been growing fast in the U.S. the growth of rooftop solar has been spectacular. In addition to providing a clean source of energy, solar pours $15 billion a year into the U.S. economy and provides thousands of jobs.

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