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UD researchers and utility employees discuss solar challenges

April 2, 2014--Solar technology currently makes up about one percent of the energy market in the U.S., but it’s growing rapidly and in 2013 was the second largest source in capacity added.

On Thursday, March 20, a group of researchers from the University of Delaware met with the solar application team from Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI) to discuss some of the unique challenges associated with integrating solar power into existing energy systems.

Hosted by UD’s Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC), the collaborative learning session was organized by Josh Cadoret, who earned his master’s degree in energy and environmental policy at UD and now works for PHI.

“I thought it was important for our team at PHI to learn more about photovoltaic solar cell technology and installation and beneficial for UD faculty and students to learn about how the widespread growth of PV is affecting the utility industry,” said Cadoret, who evaluates and approves customer applications for connecting their solar systems to the grid.