The Next Generation Utility North America (NGU NA) committee will soon meet to hear from Julia Hamm, the executive director of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) on the future of solar in the U.S. and the ways that electric utilities must prepare.
Hamm will speak about the rise in the level of distributed solar and how this will impact the increased need for photovoltaic systems to provide their host utility with much greater awareness, control and grid support functions than what is being implemented today. Utilities will also learn about the need to explore business models that incorporate solar in a way that adds value for shareholders, stakeholders, and society at large.
“We expect 2010 to be a breakout year for the US solar industry,” says the NGU NA committee. “The right policies and industry innovation continues to drive solar growth across America. Now we’re talking GW of solar, not MW.”
SEPA hopes that this meeting will lead the NGU Committee towards a more sustainable future.