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  •  That depends on when the peak demand occurs (6+ / 0-)

    which is also affected by the location. For instance, air conditioning loads in the arid Southwest (like Arizona) happen mostly during midday, when PV is at its peak. Of course, PV output is also reduced in high temperatures, so that does reduce its effect.

    I completely agree that widely distributed energy storage and power management (Smart Grid) will be vastly more effective. One idea is to have everyone use electric cars which can be plugged into the grid when not in use. This would create a vast distributed storage system. It's called Vehicle-To-Grid (V2G) and I hear that it's being worked on.

    Germany is doing great work on household energy storage devices, and will likely be the first country to initiate a Smart Grid.

    "If you lose your sense of humor, it's just not funny anymore" Wavy Gravy

    by offgrid on Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 02:30:51 PM PST

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