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Making sure that intermittent and somewhat unpredictable solar energy delivery actually results in a commensurate savings of conventional energy requires some care in design and controls (in short, the conventional system must be modified and reprogrammed to step aside and let the solar energy system serve the demand first, and engage only if solar proves insufficient). Grid-Integration: Effects of Intermittent Solar Energy Sources on the Utility System Integration of solar energy systems into the larger utility grid is also a topic of much research currently.
The measure also required qualifying utilities to offer customers a minimum rebate of $2 per watt for solar electric generation, provided incentives for utilities to invest in renewable energy resources that provide net economic benefits to customers, and limited the retail rate impact of renewable energy resources to 1 percent of the total electric bill annually for each customer of a qualified retail utility. This measure plus the federal solar tax credits jump-started Colorado’s solar power industry.