Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) is seeking approval from regulators to enter into a power purchase agreement with Solaren Corp. that would involve the purchase of power generated by solar panels in Earth's orbit.
Solaren would generate the energy from these panels in orbit and then convert it to radio-frequency energy for transmission to a receiving station, PG&E explains in a company blog. From this receiving station, located in Fresno County, Calif., the energy would be converted into electricity and enter PG&E's electrical grid.
According to the utility, advantages of this method include increased solar energy available (8-10 times greater than that of Earth); a lack of interference from clouds, night, the atmosphere or seasons; and no need to acquire any additional land, other than the energy receiving station.
SOURCE: Pacific Gas & Electric Co.