Does it really have to be Smart Grid vs Solar?

The article linked above references solar and Smart Grid technology as if it is an either or situation. The truth of the matter is reducing energy consumption while developing better ways to harness solar energy are ideal companions. The lower our energy use the more likely that solar energy will become a realistic solution. This is especially important for areas that do not receive California like sun exposure. Reduced energy consumption combined with solar and Smart Grid could allow excess energy to be channelled to areas that are in short supply. Smart Grid will also allow measurement of energy production and use over time to allow development of strategies or tools to help balance usage and energy availability. Certainly this is not going to happen tomorrow, but it will evolve.


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