This “virtual power plant” made of solar and batteries means Oakland can stop burning jet fuel

The solar panels will power low-income housing—and then fill up batteries to use when demand peaks。 When the demand for electricity surges in Oakland, California, a power plant burning jet fuel switches on, pumping pollution into the western part of the city。… #solarcity #solar #solarenergy #cleanenergy #renewableenergy

 that in Los Angeles, where the city plans to shut down old gas-fired power plants, a plant could be replaced by a network of 75,000 homes in the city with solar and battery storage. Across California, it estimated that virtual power plants could provide nine gigawatts of capacity, or as much as 50 large natural gas plants. “It doesn’t depend on new technology,” Lee says. “And that nine gigawatts is for systems that are economic, where customers see a benefit in their electricity bill by deploying solar and storage. So there’s no technical or economic barriers to that potential.”

 

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Adele Peters is a staff writer at Fast Company who focuses on solutions to some of the world’s largest problems, from climate change to homelessness. Previously, she worked with GOOD, BioLite, and the Sustainable Products and Solutions program at UC Berkeley.

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