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Georgia Power and EPRI to Study Solar PV Installation on Power Lines

ATLANTA Feb. 2, 2011

Fifty PV systems are being installed in seven cities around the state.  Seven-to-eight small systems will be installed on one distribution line in each city.  Sites were identified based on a number of environmental parameters.  Selecting cities around the state will allow evaluation of a variety of conditions such as temperature, cloud cover and solar intensity.

EPRI will monitor each module’s power output and sunlight input at one- second intervals for the entire 18 months to determine how much electricity they generate and how well they perform under diverse weather conditions.  The panels will remain in place at the end of the project and Georgia Power will continue to monitor long-term results.  This research will help to:

  • Identify the effects, if any, on operation of Georgia Power’s distribution system
  • Understand the feasibility of widespread solar PV installations on distribution lines
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  • Characterize and compare variable issues such as passing clouds

Each panel is about 3-by-5 feet in size, and able to generate about 200 watts of electricity.  

Scott Gentry

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Solar power uses PV cells to convert sunlight directly into electricity. When sunlight strikes a PV cell, electrons are dislodged, creating an electrical current. 


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SOURCE Georgia Power

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