Research Impact

Az SMART facilitates sound utility-scale decision-making by:

  • Building consensus on policies needed to build a solar energy economy;
  • Pinpointing cost, geographic, economic, and environmental conditions for solar project viability;
  • Accelerating the permitting and siting of scalable projects;
  • Reducing the risks associated with solar projects;
  • Making government agencies more responsive to permitting requests;
  • Encouraging stakeholder agreement about utility-scale solar projects and the associated transmission infrastructure.

Az SMART’s distributed generation models identify the optimum number of PV panel installations, the maximum revenue available, the daily impact on a power system and the storage requirements needed to reduce voltage fluctuations and smooth connections.