Distributed Generation in Solar Energy

Solar Power


  • Must be able to grasp simple electrical terminology, like AC, DC, Inverter, Battery, Switch, etc.


Distributed generation refers to a variety of technologies that generate electricity at or near where it will be used, such as solar panels and combined heat and power. Distributed generation may serve a single structure, such as a home or business, or it may be part of a microgrid (a smaller grid that is also tied into the larger electricity delivery system), such as at a major industrial facility, a military base, or a large college campus. When connected to the electric utility’s lower voltage distribution lines, distributed generation can help support delivery of clean, reliable power to additional customers and reduce electricity losses along transmission and distribution lines.

In the residential sector, common distributed generation systems include:

– Solar photovoltaic panels

– Small wind turbines

– Natural-gas-fired fuel cells

– Emergency backup generators, usually fueled by gasoline or diesel fuel

In the commercial and industrial sectors, distributed generation can include resources such as:

– Combined heat and power systems

– Solar photovoltaic panels

– Wind

– Hydropower

– Biomass combustion

– Municipal solid waste incineration

– Fuel cells fired by natural gas or biomass

– Reciprocating combustion engines, including backup generators, which are may be fueled by oil

In this course we will be focusing on Distributed Generation (DG) with Solar PV.Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who has an interest to learn about Solar Energy

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