By Frank Andorka, PV Magazine
A community solar program in coal country would have been unheard of as recently as five years ago. But in light of a recent report that most U.S. utilities say they will close coal-fired generation plants to comply with current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, coal country is becoming increasingly fertile solar ground. Utilities plan to take enough coal-fired plants to generate 20.5 TWh of energy annually off the books in 2017 alone.
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A terawatt (TW) is the equivalent of one trillion (1012)) watts.
1 terawatt (TW) for 1 hr = 1 terawatt hour (TWh) or 1 gigawatt (GW) for 1000 hrs = 1 terawatt hour (TWh).
A terawatt-hour (TWh) is equal to 1,000,000,000 kilowatt hours (kWh), or 1,000,000 megawatt hours (MWh) or 1,000 gigawatt hours (GWh). The average household uses approximately 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per month.
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- Bloomberg New Energy Finance: Falling solar energy prices could help beat coal in some markets, Utility Dive Brief
- Solar Energy Associations Unite to Open Capital for Wide-Scale Industry Growth, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Press Release
- The ‘Wal-Mart Effect’ That Is Driving Solar, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis
- Minnesota’s Solar Capacity Gets Boost, Public News Service
- Davenport School District considering using solar power, KWQC Illinois
- Ford’s investment of $4.3 billion in electric vehicles includes a proposed SUV with a minimum range of 300 miles, Michigan Live
- Consumers Energy to finish smart meter installation in 2017, Michigan Live
- Allete adds more North Dakota wind power, Duluth News Tribune