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California Valley Solar Ranch Photo courtesy of SunPower.

The 250-MW California Valley Solar Ranch, now under construction, will provide power to PG&E’s grid. The facility’s solar trackers follow the sun’s movement during the day, increasing sunlight capture over conventional fixed-tilt systems, while significantly reducing land-use requirements.

Can Smart Solar Keep the Sun Shining on PV?

New strategies and technologies are needed to prevent the prolific growth of photovoltaics from causing big problems on the grid.

The headline is as dazzling as a winter sunrise in the Rockies: “U.S. Solar Market Grew 76% in 2012.” In fact, last year the United States installed 3,313 MW of photovoltaics (PV), which, according to a recent Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) report, was a 76% hike over 2011. What’s more, for the first time in recent history, the report noted, “The U.S. market share of global installations rose above 10%.”

And 2013 seems to be picking up where 2012 left off. Indeed,

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