If you or your company have worked on developing utility-scale projects, you know that connecting large PV power plants to the grid can present challenges, especially if there is a knowledge gap between the solar developers and distribution utilities. Level up your utility interconnection knowledge by learning about distribution voltage challenges!
The proliferation of large amounts of solar PV on utility distribution feeders can make it difficult for the distribution organization to supply acceptable voltages on the feeder. As a result, the distribution organization may require voltage issue mitigation measures, like feeder infrastructure improvements, to be performed before additional solar PV capacity can be installed on a feeder.
The solar PV developer usually bears the responsibility to fund at least part of the improvements, so it’s critical that developers become familiar with these challenges and how to mitigate them.
That’s why HeatSpring instructor, Tim Taylor, created a free live webinar on Utility-Scale PV Solar and Distribution Voltage Challenges. Tim is Owner and Managing Director of Electric Distribution Academy, and has over 30 years of experience in electric distribution planning, design, operations, and asset management.
Tim will be covering the following topics in this beginning-level technical course:
- Overview of a utility distribution feeder and the utility’s responsibility to provide adequate voltage for all customers.
- Types of voltage issues that can be created by utility-scale solar PV
- Typical voltage mitigation measures that have been applied
- A brief description of smart inverters which are now being applied in some states/jurisdictions and have demonstrated a number of capabilities, including voltage regulation and voltage ride-through for system events
- Hosting Capacity Analysis, which a number of states are now requiring from utilities. Hosting Capacity Analysis gives an indication of the amount and location of solar PV that can be placed on feeders without violating specific operating constraints on the feeders, including acceptable voltage ranges and deviations.
Tim will also be available for an interactive Q&A session after the one hour lesson, so bring your questions.
This one-of-a-kind, informative webinar will provide 1 NABCEP CEU. Sign up today to reserve your spot!