Distributed Generation (DG): Professor Bob’s Take on DG
Distributed generation (DG) is smaller scale technology that generates electricity for users’ locations. It can be many things, including but not limited to: Wind turbines, solar arrays, or hydro. Basically, it allows users to generate their own power rather than being tied to central power stations like coal, nuclear, or natural gas.
Usually DG users are somewhat disconnected from the power grid. By using DG, users’ goal is to reduce their power consumption from the power grid, become more energy independent, and produce cleaner energy. Most DG installations still tie into the power grid for when their DG does not produce ample power for their needs. In the US, DG is most often implemented on a residential basis with rooftop solar.
DG has become very popular in recent years, especially with solar power.