CleanTECH San Diego – Unlocking the Potential of Solar Power

BY ARTHUR LIPPER
Contributor

To most of the CleanTECH San Diego members attending a recent meeting at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel it seemed inevitable that solar would by be a large part of the electric power coming from alternative and sustainable sources in the future.

Keynote speaker Michael R. Peevey, president of the California Public Utilities Commission, presented both the potential and challenges for solar energy. The panelists, including Byron Washom, UCSD’s director of the Strategic Energy Initiative; Tom Dyer, Kyocera’s vice president of marketing and government affairs, and Daniel Drolet, vice president of business development for PCN Technology made known the problems of storage and transmission facing solar.

The panelists also pointed out the conflict between consumers using solar energy panels becoming self-sufficient in terms of energy use while still being charged for and dependent on the utility for access to the electric grid for emergency and back-up needs.

Speakers also noted that a few consumers are expressing privacy-related concerns as a result of the new meters being installed by SDG&E and other California utilities that register specific appliance usage and timing. Also, the new meters, being more accurate than those replaced, can result in higher charges to some utility customers, one speaker said.

Dyer noted the cost of solar panels has declined 40 percent to 50 percent in recent years and that solar is therefore increasingly attractive.

Nevertheless, Peevey said that solar currently accounts for about 2.5 percent of renewable energy deliveries whereas in 2020 it is expected to account for 37 percent.

Peevey talked about what he called unfortunate and unexpected delays in the implementation of solar power transmission due to CalFire’s failure to issue the necessary approvals for certain projects. Peevey was generally optimistic as to the future of solar energy but also realistic as to the bureaucratic challenges slowing the progress.

Byron Washom indicated that in the case of wind power the California producers had to sell the power generated at night to Arizona at very low prices as there was presently no ability to store the power once generated until it was needed.

Related posts:

  1. UCSD gets grant for solar research
  2. SCE plans to buy electricity generated by solar panels
  3. Supervisors call for solar buy-back incentive
  4. Canyon Crest to get solar power system
  5. Kyocera announces plans to build solar panels in San Diego

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=2613

Posted by on Mar 30, 2010. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Czech violin duo to perform at Village Church in Rancho Santa Fe
    In cooperation with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, the Czech School San Diego hosts a free classical violin concert by internationally recognized Czech violin player Jaroslav Svecený and his daughter, Julie Svecená, who are on a tour of the United States. The concert will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Village Church. The father-daughter duo will […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe weekly sports update
    Torrey Pines defeated Canyon Crest Academy 4-3 in a Palomar League opener for both teams on Oct. 9. Alayna Tomlinson and Farah Farjood each scored two goals to lead the Falcons. Samantha “Sammy” Cirino added one goal and one assist. […]
  • ‘Kachina Dolls and Dances’ to be topic at Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society lecture
    Native American expert Dr. James Kemp will discuss “Kachina Dolls and Dances” from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society. Katsina figures, also known as kachina dolls (in photo at right), were carved typically from cottonwood root by the Hopi people to instruct young girls and new brides about the katsinas, the im […]