by Stephen Lacey
February 17, 2016

If we built a grid with all the most advanced distributed technologies -- solar, batteries, smart inverters, intelligent appliances and cars -- would it actually be desirable?

A distributed grid offers more choice and enables more digital control. But would it be a better alternative economically than the centralized system we have in place today?

That's what Ryan Hanley, SolarCity's director of grid engineering solutions, wanted to figure out. In a new white paper, SolarCity argues that a distributed grid could be worth $1.4 billion to California ratepayers alone in the next five years.

So how did Hanley and his team get to that number? In this week's episode, we'll talk with him about how SolarCity modeled the value of distributed resources -- and how the regulatory paradigm needs to change to reflect that value.

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Recommended reading:

SolarCity's white paper: A Pathway to the Distributed Grid

SolarCity on Building and Operating a 21st-Century Power Grid