If you pay attention to energy issues, you might come across the term “distributed energy” (or several other closely related terms)… whose meaning may not be clear.
In fact, at first glance, you might think it means the opposite of what it actually is. I believe it’s an important issue, so I want to make sure you’re “in the know”.
Here’s Wikipedia’s definition:
Distributed generation, also called on-site generation, dispersed generation, embedded generation, decentralized generation, decentralized energy, distributed energy or district energy,  generates electricity from many small energy sources. Most countries generate electricity in large centralized facilities, such as fossil fuel (coal, gas powered), nuclear, large solar power plants or hydro-power plants. These plants have excellent economies of scale, but usually transmit electricity long distances and can negatively affect the environment. Distributed generation allows collection of energy from many sources and may give lower environmental impacts and improved security of supply.
In the 1980s, large, room-sized computers went through a transformation and became personal computers. In the 1990s, phones went through a transformation and became (personal) cell phones.
Now, large, centralized energy generation is transforming and will become distributed energy. As I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs, I like to call this “personal energy”.
Here’s a short video (7 minutes) that does a great job of explaining the importance of distributed energy.
Distributed energy increased 41% from 2012 to 2013… a very healthy trend. And this strong trend is expected to continue.
Fafco Solar provides distributed energy to home and business owners and this year, we are celebrating our 40th year in business!