What DER tech should members keep their eyes on in 2020?
Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are constantly changing and seem cheaper and more available than ever. As we push into a new decade, we will see this trend continue, and there are a few technologies in particular to keep an eye on. Let’s start with the most talked-about one over the last year or so: electric vehicles (EVs). With ranges starting to push 250-plus miles on base models — with some well over 300 miles — and many manufacturers like BMW, GMC, and Ford announcing plans to enter the EV space, here are some exciting announcements that will change the way we drive and fuel our vehicles. I think it is safe to say the future is electric when it comes to driving:
Another DER development being rapidly adopted is home energy storage systems. These battery systems give homeowners the flexibility to have power when the grid is down, use stored energy at night, protect residential medical equipment and help utilities reduce peak demand. Here are some great reads to how these are being used in real-world applications.
Last but not least, as prices continue to drop on equipment and the panels become more efficient, we continue to see the growth of the residential solar industry nationwide. With the Federal Tax Credit dropping to 26% for all installations placed in service in 2020, it will be an interesting year for an industry that continues to adapt to a changing world of energy and policy.
Here's a round up some great places to find out information about distributed energy technology in 2020.
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