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(IS-2013-85) Achieving High Performance Through Solar Photovoltaic Integration with the Smart Grid
This report from Accenture examines the challenges and opportunities for expanding solar power generation based on a survey in 2011. 50 persons from 31 utilities in North America were questioned. Solar power equipment may be owned by the customer (51%), the utility (34%), or a third party (15%). The goal as of 2011 was to drive energy cost from solar to 6 cents per kWh. Operational challenges of integrating solar with a power grid are discussed.