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Solar and Peak Power 2011

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Solar power generation produces a large amount of its power during peak demand. This is an excellent technology to help address peak power demands. This presentation illustrates this using data from Ontario, Canada.

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Solar and Peak Power 2011

  1. 1. Solar Generation & Peak Power How solar electricity generation can help address peak power demands By Scott A. Bennett Carbon Diet www.carbondiet.ca June 2011
  2. 2. Summary <ul><li>There are synergies between peak power and solar electricity generation </li></ul><ul><li>Agenda </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is Carbon Diet? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of solar energy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ontario peak power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ontario peak power and solar generation sites in Ontario </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Who is Carbon Diet? <ul><li>We’re dedicated to promoting sustainability through our website, speaking, and writing </li></ul><ul><li>We DO NOT sell solar equipment or services </li></ul>
  4. 4. Solar energy production varies throughout the year as the sun’s intensity changes <ul><li>Solar production from a typical solar array </li></ul><ul><li>3 kW solar array (small) in London, ON </li></ul><ul><li>generated 3,611 kWh in 2010 (high efficiency solar panels) </li></ul><ul><li>most energy produced in spring, summer, and fall </li></ul>
  5. 5. The largest solar farm in the world is in Canada (operational in October 2010) <ul><li>The Enbridge solar farm covers 950 acres </li></ul><ul><li>80 MW solar array in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada </li></ul><ul><li>generates 120,000 MWh per year ( news release ) </li></ul>
  6. 6. The peak power in Ontario for 2010 was in late August <ul><li>August 31, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Peak Demand Day </li></ul><ul><li>Aug 30 – Sept 3, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Peak Demand Week </li></ul>Source: http://www.ieso.ca/imoweb/pubs/electricity_insider/EI_v1-i2.pdf
  7. 7. Power demand varies throughout the day <ul><li>July 8, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Highest Demand Day of 2010 </li></ul>Source: data provided by Robert Doyle of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
  8. 8. The highest power demand occurs between the hours of 1:00 to 5:00 pm Source: data provided by Robert Doyle of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
  9. 9. Solar production aligns with peak demand (Aug 31, 2010) Toronto, ON - 3.44 kW Site London, ON - 3kW Site Ottawa, ON - 20 kW Site Aurora, ON - 2 kW Site
  10. 10. <ul><li>Web Monitoring - microFIT, Mike's 3kW in London, Ontario </li></ul>Solar production aligns with peak demand week (Aug 30-Sept 3, 2010, London, Ontario)
  11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>Solar electricity generation can help address peak power demands </li></ul><ul><li>Solar power is viable in large installations </li></ul><ul><li>See energy production of over 10 solar installations </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.carbondiet.ca/solar/solar-power-examples.html </li></ul>

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