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Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Generation Toolkit – Solar

This solar presentation is one of five energy-specific modules within the US Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Grid-Connected Renewable Energy Generation Toolkit.

The toolkit is intended to help USAID mission staff and national decision makers understand and assess the relevance of policies and programs that have been used successfully in support of large, grid-connected renewable energy development.

It highlights key issues that must be addressed in the design of a renewable energy framework, and seeks to explain key concepts. Basic information is provided on renewable energy technologies, but the toolkit is designed for policymakers, not engineers. However, the toolkit contains extensive references to other sources that contain more technical detail.

The presentation contains both slides and extensive accompanying notes.

The solar presentation contains the following sections:

Section One – discusses the resource, its availability, and use for large solar electric technologies.

Section Two – looks at the economics of large solar electric systems.

Section Three – discusses barriers and solutions to the deployment of large solar generating systems.

Section Four – specifically deals with large grid-connected flat-plate PV systems and describes both the technology as well as issues specific to this technology.

Section Five – specifically deals with concentrating solar power systems, what they are, how they are used, and issues specific to these technologies.

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