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Charged for Success: Residential Energy Storage Installations Grow

August 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Feature writing, Writing

U.S. solar-panel manufacturers might be hurting these days, but installers’ business is going gangbusters. In 2011, more than 1,800 megawatts (MW) of utility, commercial and residential capacity were installed, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), more than doubling 2010’s record figure of 877 MW. The Solar Electric Power Association says 89 percent of 2011’s installations were in the residential market. Increasingly, utilities are wondering what to do with all the electricity generated by this intermittent and distributed resource. Battery-based energy storage is one option utilities—and battery makers—are beginning to explore more seriously.

Read this article as it originally ran in the August 2012 issue of Electrical Contractor Magazine.

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