Update: Effective Load Carrying Capability of Photovoltaics in the United States

Richard Perez, Robert Margolis, Marek Kmiecik, Michael Schwab, Marc Perez

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We provide an update on the US distribution of PV's Effective Load Carrying Capability (ELLC) by analyzing recent load data from 39 US utilities and time-coincident output of PV installations simulated from high resolution, time/site-specific satellite data. Results show that overall regional trends identified in the early 1990s remain pertinent today, while noting a significant increase in PV ELCC the Western and Northern US, and a modest decrease in the central and eastern US.


ConferenceSolar 2006: Renewable Energy - Key to Climate Recovery, Including 35th ASES Annual Conference, 31st ASES National Passive Solar Conference, 1st ASES Policy and Marketing Conference and ASME Solar Energy Division International Solar Energy Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityDenver, CO

Bibliographical note

For preprint version see NREL/CP-620-40068

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-620-40520


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