Off grid with zero emissions: Better than a grid extension and gensets

By Paul Dvorak Charlotte Hibbert, IDTechEx Ltd.
Off-grid electricity production was mainly “something better than nothing” in the developing world. Now we see it as a backup against hurricanes taking down the grid, as with Tesla solar roof and Powerwall battery. Rarely viable as a cost reducer as yet, it is worth the money as a fallback. Indeed, some organizations in the U.S. are now setting up their own solar farms to save cost, relegating the grid to merely emergency backup because this reduces cost and outages – off grid and “fringe of grid” get more and more attractive.
Western Australian utility Western Power has

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