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Every Utility Should Have This Map

| Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Mar 2, 2011 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

placeholderTo support its solar PV program, Southern California Edison rolled out a map of its grid system, highlighting (in red) areas that “could potentially minimize your costs of interconnection to the SCE system.” A similar map is forthcoming from San Diego Gas & Electric and Pacific Gas & Electric.

The benefits for distributed generation are obvious, cutting the time (and expense) for solar and other small-scale renewable energy developers to find the “sweet spots” where their projects can most economically connect to the grid.

The image below is a screenshot of PG&E’s map, and samples of other utilities’ distribution system capacity maps are online as well.


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