Salt Lake City, Utah discussed on Fresh Air

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You have what. We call micro grids so you have the individual homeowner or business that can have their solar and storage but then you can have a community. One that micro grid may include a collection of solar panels not as big as the massive solar farm. But it'll have maybe a carport over a parking lot and that may have a battery as well but these aren't as big as utility size but there the the medium inbetween individual homeowners and businesses and the utility scale so those the combination of the individual business and michael grid systems are more the distributive side. But you know obviously not generating the kind of power that a large-scale. Power plant can provide right. Although i guess the argument is if everybody almost everybody does it. You can generate a lot of power. A little at a time does a micro where we talking about a handful of homes. Are we talking about a city of two thousand five hundred ten thousand. What do we mean by micro grid. Well it's going to range in size. I mean there are some micro grids that had are supplying development. There is an apartment complex in salt lake city. Utah that has batteries in every unit Six hundred unit apartment building solar on the rooftop of the complex and with they're able to do. Is they call it. A battery swarm are able to harness the power of every battery in that apartment complex and supply that to the grid. That's a pretty massive sort of system. That's both individual and a micro grid. Then you also have you know large commercial industrial projects. You know your your major tech. Companies obviously are doing a lot of this because of the massive data servers in all that they're dealing with that use a lot of electricity so they have huge solar systems on the top of complexes still not a utility scale solar farm but pretty large. You even see some of this at airports pretty large solar farms but again not as big as that kind of massive solar farm in the desert..

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