Photovoltaics Can Add Capacity to the Utility Grid

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    This brochure explains how photovoltaics (PV) can contribute to a utility's capacity as well as serve as an energy source. Effective load-carrying capacity (ELCC) is the ability of a power generator to effectively contribute to a utility's capacity, or system output, to meet its load. Until recently, little information has been available on the distribution of PV's ELCC. The method developed todetermine how closely the utility load requiremetns match PV's ability to generate power when needed is explained, as well as what the information tells us.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages4
    StatePublished - 1996

    Bibliographical note

    Produced for the U.S. Department of Energy by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/MK-411-20859

    Other Report Number

    • DOE/GO-10096-262


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