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Title: 1992 PVUSA progress report

Photovoltaics for Utility Scale Applications (PVUSA) is a national public-private partnership that is assessing and demonstrating the viability of utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) electric generating systems. This report updates the progress of the PVUSA project, reviews the status and performance of the various PV installations during 1992, and summarizes key accomplishments and conclusions from work to date. Fall PV module costs and rising environmental pressures could make PV a significant source of large-scale power within the next decade. However, utility acceptance of this technology requires knowledge of PV operational characteristics in a utility system and confidence in predicting PV performance, reliability, and economics. PVUSA consists of two types of demonstrations: Emerging Module Technologies (EMTs), which are unproven but promising state-of-the-art PV technologies in 20-kW (nominal) arrays; and Utility Scale (US) systems, which represent more mature PV technologies in 200- to 500-kW (nominal) turnkey systems.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
631217
Report Number(s):
DOE/AL/82993--T2
ON: DE98007096; TRN: AHC29813%%89
DOE Contract Number:
FC04-92AL82993
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: [1992]
Research Org:
Pacific Gas and Electric Co., San Ramon, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; PROGRESS REPORT; PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER PLANTS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; OPERATION; POWER RANGE 100-1000 KW