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by Jeff St. John
May 11, 2018

Greentech Media’s annual Solar Summit conference is increasingly becoming a “solar-plus” conference, as befits an event covering a subject so central to a much broader shift in energy technology, economics and policy.

We’ve already added the day-before Solar Software Summit to the event’s agenda to highlight the critical subset of the broader industry. And, of course, energy storage has become an integral part of the solar equation, meriting its own dedicated tracks at last week’s two-day event.

But solar power is also central to the grid edge, both as the spearhead technology to a much wider array of distributed energy resources, and as the biggest disruptor to utilities, grid operators and energy regulators.

Energy storage is often the primary grid edge technology under consideration, along with electric vehicles, home energy controls, advanced building energy management, and, for customers in storm-threatened areas, emergency backup power.