24 ELECTRICALCONTRACTOR | OCT. 14 | WWW.ECMAG.COM
> FOCUS BY CHUCK ROSS
Not so alternative anymore
YOU COULD CALL IT UTILITY-SCALE RENEWABLES 3.0.
The previous two phases focused on getting large solar arrays and wind farms up and running ( 1.0) and then boosting their output ( 2.0). Today, developers are looking beyond just
adding more rows of panels or bigger turbines to their plans. They are looking to new
technologies that consider solar and wind opportunities in new ways and add performance-stretching intelligence to existing installations. In the process, they are bringing these
admittedly intermittent resources closer to performing like base-load generating assets.