In recent years, ambitious policy mandates, federal and state fiscal incentives, technology advances, and other market drivers have propelled a surge in distributed solar installations. The quantity, nature, and increasing penetration of this variable energy resource have presented a new set of challenges for distribution systems management. These challenges include:
- Reconciling reliability with interconnection criteria
- Modeling anticipated and actual system impacts
- Balancing the variable, intermittent energy resource with the load
- Correlating 'Smart Grid' - generated data with real-time system performance
- Merging new equipment with legacy distribution system infrastructure
This conference and complementing workshops will address technology and management challenges encountered by utilities at the distribution level when integrating high penetrations of solar PV. Included in the conference will be a tour of NREL's most relevant solar-related research laboratories, where conference attendees will witness first-hand the national lab's cutting-edge modeling capabilities.
Requirements for Successful Completion of Program
Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.