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Data show how small-scale solar is shifting demand in New England

Small-scale solar is having a large-scale impact on electricity demand patterns in New England.

Analysis by the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed that an increase in electricity generation from small-scale (less than 1 MW), customer-sited photovoltaic systems is changing the hourly pattern of metered electricity demand from March through May.

The increased deployment of this type of behind-the-meter solar led to a drop in utility-supply electricity during springtime morning hours. Demand rose during evening hours.

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