CHAPTER 3

Model 1: Grid-Scale Renewable Energy

Now that we have explored our existing energy system and how renewable energy works, we move into the financial, political, technical and environmental considerations for developing renewable energy projects. In this chapter, we discuss the first “model” of renewable energy production and interconnection—grid-scale. It is a “model” because the financing and interconnection requirements for large-scale projects represent a distinct “regime,” or ecosystem of project, different from those at other size scales. In this chapter, the model will be ­illustrated through two case studies—solar energy in Curacao, and hydropower in Lebanon.

In Chapters 4 and 5, we discuss two additional models—on-site generation, ...

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