Is Big Retail Killing Utilities?

As solar power generation explodes across the U.S. it threatens utilities' basic business model. Nowhere is this perhaps more clear than in the big retail space. Watch the video below to see how increasing solar uptake at big box stores may be threatening utilities' survival. 

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  • Report this Comment On August 17, 2013, at 10:51 PM, neamakri wrote:

    Let's take some wild guesses at the numbers. Say you have a Macy's store. Let's guess that it takes 5,000 homes to support one Macy's. Let's say one Macy's uses 50 homes worth of power. That's just 1%. Further you would not rely totally on solar power, but maybe just for lights. Your A/C and computers and elevators run on Edison Electric. So the end result is less than half Macy's is solar powered, or less than 1/2 percent effect on the grid.

    Not a problem for Edison Electric.

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