Solar System Design and Installation Strongest Part of NH’s Solar Industry
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Seacoastonline.com posted a recent interview between reporter Kelly Hearn and Kate Epsen, an analyst for the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission.
In the interview, Ms. Epsen recaps the new incentives available for businesses in New Hampshire, as well as other financing models and talking generally about the advantages of distributed electrical generation.
In response to the question, “Can you help us understand distributed form of electrical generations as opposed to the fossil-fueled power plant model?”
KE: Traditionally our model of getting electricity involves a central power plant that creates electricity by combusting coal or natural gas. Of course there are large hydroelectric facilities, but there are fewer of those. The electricity gets transported through transmission lines into a distribution grid that then comes to our home or business.
Distributed generated includes solar electric, small wind turbines, or perhaps a co-generation plant that involves a turbine that is fired by natural gas. These are usually located at the source of the electrical load. So power gets generated and used at the same point, which alleviates the need to transmit the energy, which in turns means less load loss. Generating energy at the point of use also allows the user or owner of the system to protect himself or herself against future price increases in energy if the fuel source is a renewable one, such as wind or solar.
Ms. Epsen closes by stating that “the system design and installation phase of the solar industry is the strongest segment right now in New Hampshire,” noting the “dozens of entities, designing, planning, selling at retail and installing systems across the state.”