Distributed solar systems have the potential to supply electricity during grid outages resulting from extreme weather or other emergency situations. As such, distributed solar can significantly increase the resiliency of the electricity system.
In order to take advantage of this capability, however, the systems must be designed with resiliency in mind and combined with other technologies, such as energy storage and auxiliary generation.
A new paper from NREL presents the basics of designing distributed solar systems for resiliency - including the use of energy storage, hybrid fuel-use and microgrids - and provides policy and regulatory considerations for encouraging the use of these distributed system designs.
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