The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and SolarCity, a provider of solar financing, design, installation, monitoring and related services, plan to install a 187 kW solar photovoltaic research system at EPRI's headquarters.
The rooftop system is expected to produce more than 7.3 million kWh over the next 30 years and offset about 11% of EPRI's annual power usage at its four-building research campus.
The PV array will facilitate EPRI's research on a low-carbon generation portfolio in which renewable energy will play an increasing role in the future, according to EPRI and SolarCity. It is expected to provide real-time data on the electricity generated that will be used to measure the impact of variability on a distribution system.
Additionally, the system will supply power-quality data that could be used for distribution circuit analysis and assessment of optimized performance levels.