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Source – GTM is predicting 4.5GWh of distributed battery storage in the USA by 2020. That’s equal to three large nuclear power plants. Also by 2020 they are expecting 1.6GWh per year – that’s equal to one nuclear power plant per year, with each year’s following plant being 10-30% larger, 5% cheaper and 5% longer lasting.

A healthy ecosystem is made of large, lumbering creatures as well as small, countless members. It interests me when I hear that a bear eating salmon from a river leads toward a healthy following of animals that eat the leftovers from said fishing. Electricity usage, in its infancy, was a super local thing – you produced onsite and you used onsite. Then we build nationwide power grids thanks to Tesla and Niagara Falls. However, as our technology has advanced – it seems as if having some large, central running systems plus millions of distributed small systems is the healthiest, most robust system.

Your home, your car, your battery kit – these things will be part of you and you will be part of the larger energy ecosystem.

By John Fitzgerald Weaver

John Fitzgerald Weaver is a solar developer; known digitally as the 'Commercial Solar Guy.' As a project developer and installer, he’s sold and managed 50+ solar projects, valued over $25 million, ranging in size from 5kW to 1500kW. He’s been involved in many aspects of the solar supply chain –- as a company founder, developer, project manager, manufacturer, permit runner, salesman, contractor and financier. In his free time he tries to get away and clear his mind by climbing mountains, or more regularly by enjoying an IPA or scotch, and really loves the strange connection between politics, energy, finance, and environment in the energy world.

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