Solar Site Design Competes in US Department of Energy Program, Represents Cutting Edge of Solar Revolution
According to Entergy, the project is one of a few across the country which harnesses solar energy and stores it in state-of-the-art battery technology. “This project will allow us to study the feasibility of utility-scale solar energy here in New Orleans and also the extent to which battery storage can help compensate for the intermittency of sunlight,” Rice said. Rice said cloud cover, proximity to the Gulf Coast and thunderstorms are factors that pose an issue with solar energy in the South. While blue skies and sunlight isn’t always guaranteed, it’s more frequent in certain areas of the country. Combining solar panels with battery technology could help to alleviate the issue of climate and weather conditions in the South, Entergy said. The joint technology could determine the ability to deliver solar energy to a certain array of customers. According to Entergy, the project is part of a plan approved by the New Orleans City Council, which outlines how the company plans to provide energy in the future. The two groups meet on a three-year basis to discuss future proposals. Entergy officials did not provide a timeline for the project.
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Solar Site Design is one of the companies who will be competing in Demo Day. The top five winning teams will receive up to $100,000. Solar Site Design is a privately-owned business based in Nashville, Tenn. It has participated in both a clean tech accelerator and a social enterprise accelerator, hosted and produced by Village Capital/Venture Well and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. The company has raised Angel funding from Fortnum Capital, InCrowd Capital, Impact Assets, Radicle Capital and Village Capital. # # # About Solar Site Design Solar Site Design is a collaborative, cloud-based platform that connects highly-qualified solar project referrals to leading solar companies to drive down customer acquisition costs. Our proprietary business process is designed to reduce the solar industrys customer acquisition costs by up to 50%. To learn more, please visit http://www.solarsitedesign.com .
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