North America, Solar

Decentralized solar ‘the answer to summer load peaks’

Writing in the EPIA monthly newsletter, Dr Hoffmann says: ‘Electricity demand in summer is constantly increasing years after year. But the current electricity networks, highly centralized, are not adapted to face strong consumption peaks. Solar electricity can very well be the answer to this growth in electricity demand in summer. Actually, the output from photovoltaic (PV) systems exactly corresponds to the time when stronger demand is observed due to the air conditioning consumption.’

According to preliminary data for the first half of the year, 2006 is shaping up to be the warmest on record for the US, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The average January to June temperature for the continental US was 11.0¿aC, or 1.8¿aC above the 20th century (1901¡V2000) average. Five states (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri) experienced record warmth for the period and no state was near or cooler than average.