US solar trade association, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has commended the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for updating its interconnection rules.
Yesterday FERC updated its 2006 interconnection procedure for small generation, making it easier for solar users to connect to the grid.
Demand has dramatically increased in the last couple of years meaning the previous interconnection regulations were outdated and bogged down in red tape. Now FERC has approved a fast track option for solar energy generation projects that meet technical requirements, saving time and money.
The updated procedure rules will reduce grid connection bottlenecks said SEIA president and CEO, Rhone Resch: “We applaud FERC for recognizing the challenges facing wholesale distributed generation development, which is one of the fastest-growing segments of America’s solar energy industry.”
Resch also said the SEIA “sincerely appreciates FERC’s willingness to revisit this issue and update its rule. We look forward to working with FERC and all other interested stakeholders in the future to help further the deployment of clean, reliable and affordable solar energy nationwide”.
The SEIA also urges state regulators to use FERC’s new rule as a model for updating state interconnection rules.
An estimated 13GW, enough to power 2 million homes, is expected to be the end number of installed solar power capacity in the US by the end of this year.