Solar
Design and Installation
Utility Interconnection

Utility-Scale Solar PV and Distribution Voltage Challenges - Live Webinar

by Tim Taylor • Last updated 04/2022

 

Course description

Approved for 1 NABCEP CEU!

This is a free webinar taking place on Wednesday, June 8th 12:00-1:30pm EST. The Zoom link will be provided within the course.

The application of high penetrations of solar PV on utility distribution feeders can create challenges for the distribution organization to supply acceptable voltages on the feeder. As a result, the distribution organization may require voltage issue mitigation measures, including feeder infrastructure improvements, to be performed before additional solar PV capacity can be installed on a feeder. The solar PV developer usually has the responsibility to fund at least part of the improvements.

The following topics are covered 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.

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Continuing Education Units

Approved for: NABCEP Advanced Credit Hours, NABCEP NEC, NABCEP JTA, NABCEP RE Elective, NABCEP PV Associate Renewal.

Approved NABCEP CEU Hours
NABCEP Credential Advanced Hours for Exam Recertification CEU Hours NEC JTA RE Elective Building or Fire Code
1 1 0 1 1 0
0 1 0 0 0 0
1 1 0 1 1 0
1 1 0 1 1 0
1 1 0 1 1 0
1 1 0 1 1 0
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Full course outline

Module 1 - Utility-Scale Solar PV and Distribution Voltage Challenges

  • Live Webinar Zoom Info - June 8th 12-1:30pm EST
  • Presentation Materials

Instructor

Tim Taylor

Owner and Managing Director, Electric Distribution Academy

Mr. Taylor 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. He also has experience in business development and technical sales support in ADMS, asset management systems, and overcurrent protection products. Mr. Taylor has led and...Learn more

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