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Distributed Renewable Energies for Off-Grid Communities by Marcia Schlichting, Preben Maegaard, Nasir El Bassam

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Chapter One

Scope of the Book

Distribution means the delivery of electricity to the retail customer’s home or business through low-voltage distribution lines. Distributed generation is also called on-site generation, dispersed generation, embedded generation, or decentralized generation. Decentralized energy, or distributed energy, generates electricity, heat and fuels from many small energy sources. It reduces the amount of energy lost in transmitting electricity because the electricity is generated very near where it is used, perhaps even in the same building. This also reduces the size and number of power lines that must be constructed. Both electric demand reduction (energy conservation, load management, etc.) and supply are generated at or ...

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