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Quantifying the Benefits of Solar Power for California

Research or Whitepaper
Valuation, Analysis, BCA   
California   
2005
This paper provides a quantitative analysis of key benefits of solar energy for California based on the best available data. It is not intended to be a comprehensive analysis of all of the benefits of solar power, many of which are difficult to quantify. However, it does document the value of solar energy to reduce peak demand for electricity, lessen the consumption of natural gas in power plants, avoid environmental damage from power plant emissions, help the electric grid operate more efficiently by reducing line losses and save investment capital by delaying costly upgrades to the electrical transmission and distribution system.