Entries in solar (14)

Tuesday
Sep172013

Growth in solar energy means changes for power grid planning, operations

Solar energy has become one of the fastest growing types of electricity generation in New England. Based on ISO New England and available state data, more than 250 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) resources were installed by the end of 2012—and approximately half of that was in 2012 alone. While this is still a relatively small amount—many conventional power plants in New England are larger than this aggregate capacity—the mounting volume and pace of solar development has prompted ISO New England to ratchet up its efforts to understand the impact this resource and other distributed generation (DG) technologies, such as cogeneration, biomass, and wind turbines, will have on the regional grid.

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Wednesday
Jan252012

New England power grid operating under normal conditions after solar-storm effects reach Earth

According to the NOAA/NWS Space Weather Prediction Center, a coronal mass ejection on the sun earlier this week caused the strongest solar radiation storm since 2003.

As the region’s grid operator, ISO New England monitors all types of weather, including solar storms, because bulk power system reliability can be affected under certain conditions. Learn more about solar magnetic disturbances and steps the ISO can take to maintain bulk power system reliability in the event of a predicted strong geomagnetic storm.

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