Research Outline

Utility-Scale Solar Farms- Pain Points


To provide the biggest pain points for utility-scale solar farm developers in the U.S. as of July 2020. The research will help determine whether a small business addressing the pain points is feasible.

Early Findings

  • Utility-scale solar facilities are of different sizes and can range from the production of 1 megawatt to over 300 megawatts of power.
  • When defined by function, they generate solar power and feed it into the grid, supplying utilities with energy.
  • The difference between it and Distributed Generation solar energy is that the project's size is larger and the generated electricity is not sold to end-use consumers but to wholesale utility buyers.
  • According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SIEA), here are over 37,000 megawatts of utility-scale solar projects in operation, with another 112,000 MW being in the development stage.
  • 4.3 million households can be powered by the 26,000 megawatts of utility-scale solar power projects that are being developed in the country.
  • Some pain points of utility-scale solar farms, projects, or facilities in the U.S. are:

Summary of Early Findings

  • Our first hour of research was spent scanning for information surrounding utility-scale solar farm developments to determine whether the information is available, which it is.
  • We have provided background information on utility-scale farm developments and some pain points that they face. However, it is definite that further research will reveal more pain points with support statistics and real-life examples.
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