Solar Power and the Electric Grid, Energy Analysis (Fact Sheet)

Michelle Kubik

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


In today's electricity generation system, different resources make different contributions to the electricity grid. This fact sheet illustrates the roles of distributed and centralized renewable energy technologies, particularly solar power, and how they will contribute to the future electricity system. The advantages of a diversified mix of power generation systems are highlighted.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2010

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-6A2-45653


  • base load
  • centralized generation
  • coal
  • concentrating solar power (CSP)
  • distributed generation
  • distribution
  • electric grids
  • electric utilities
  • electricity
  • energy analysis
  • natural gas
  • nuclear
  • peak loads
  • photovoltaics (PV)
  • power generation
  • PV
  • rooftop PV systems
  • rooftop solar
  • SEAC
  • smart grids
  • solar
  • solar power
  • solar power
  • strategic energy analysis center
  • transmission


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