Dramatic increase in Nevada solar output as big companies abandon utility in favour of cheap renewables. Solar pv output in the US state of Nevada is heading for a 60 per cent year-on-year increase in electricity output in 2017 compared to 2016 as Nevada increases its lead as the top US state for installed solar pv per person. Nevada, which is heading for getting 10 per cent of its total electricity from solar pv in 2017 could be setting a trend whereby business and residential consumers switch to solar simply because it is the cheapest source of electricity. Of course it is very sunny in Nevada – indeed a given solar panel will generate around twice as much electricity per year in Nevada compared to Northern Europe. But really what’s happening in Nevada is just an advanced guard for other places. That’s because the costs of solar power continue to crash and so what is happening in Nevada will happen in lots of other places very soon. US monopoly electricity utilities are trying to fight back by charging fee structures to consumers that reduce the benefits of installing solar pv. But as much as they do that, the prospect of what are increasingly cheaper battery systems to balance their load is making consumers more and more independent from the conventional electricity generation and supply system. Bill Ellard. a consultant for the US Solar Energy Society describes this as a ‘death spiral’ for the US utilities. The more they fight solar, the more expensive they become for consumers in general and the more people are induced to go solar. Ellard favours developing more microgrid systems so that energy requirements can be balanced more and more on a local level.
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Demand for solar is expected to surge over coming years, but its growth rate could effectively double if there is rapid uptake of electric vehicles, and as more companies turn to the technology to save energy costs, and more countries reach solar and storage “parity” with grid prices. A new report from leading solar analyst Vishal Shah, at Deutsche Bank, says demand for solar is already expected to increase by 10 per cent a year out to 2022, to around 140GW. But the impact of EVs, solar micro-grids, corporate power purchase agreements and storage parity could see this growth rate more than double, pushing annual demand for new solar power to 250GW by 2022.
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