Central – Kramer Junction (CA) Solar Electric Distributed – Rooftop PV system at Swinerton, Generating Station Inc. offices in Concord, CA
Both central station and distributed solar can be successfully deployed in the West, and both will be needed to help meet the Governors’ target of 30,000 MW of new clean, diversified energy by 2015. However, the barriers to widespread adoption and consequently the policies needed to overcome them are in most cases as different as the two deployment strategies themselves. For these reasons, the full report from the Solar Task Force is divided into two sections, one covering central station solar and the other distributed solar. Beginning with the executive summary, each section presents the various types of solar systems that can be deployed; specific barriers they face; the policies and programs the task force recommends that the Governors consider to overcome those barriers; and the potential impact in energy production, jobs and other economic and environmental benefits that the WGA states will enjoy as a result.