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By - Jon Brown

Plant Controls and SCADA for Grid-Scale PV & PV Storage Hybrid Plants
September 10-11, 2020 | Online :: Central Time

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This course will highlight how Plant Controls and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems provide the critical capability to control, monitor, and analyze the performance of solar and solar combined with storage plants. Throughout the day and a half program, attendees will learn everything from PV plant and storage basics, functional requirements of the plants, and how these requirements are implemented in plant controls and SCADA systems.

All attendees will leave the class having a holistic understanding of the plant controls and SCADA systems that pertain to solar plants and solar plus storage plants. It will benefit you whether you’re an operator or a professional who needs a detailed understanding of operation, reliability, and stability of a PV and storage plant, or a sales professional who needs a better understanding of the system to better serve customers. The goal by the end of the course is to have all attendees develop a working familiarity with the key concepts related to this topic.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Review the key components of PV plants and PV-Storage plants
  • Discuss the functions of PV plants, including energy harvest, regulations, grid disturbance, and frequency response
  • Study the architecture, functions, components, data, and instrumentation of plant controls and SCADA systems for PV plants
  • Examine the key functions of control system of a PV plant such as active power control, ramp rate controls, voltage and reactive power control, advanced capabilities, and more
  • Assess the impact of adding storage to PV plants
  • Evaluate the integration between control systems and SCADA including battery management systems, impact on the grid, and dispatch scheduling



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this event.


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. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, interactive group exercise, and group discussion will be used during this course. 


Thursday, September 10, 2020 – Central Time

8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. :: Login

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 pm :: Course Timing

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break

Introduction to PV & PV Plus Storage Hybrid Power Plants

  • PV Power Plant Basics
  • PV+ Storage Hybrid Plant Basics
  • Motivation for PV & Storage (PVS) Plants
  • Key PV Plant and PVS Components
    • PV Solar modules
    • DC system design
    • Inverters (central and string inverters)
    • Step-up transformer
    • Battery storage
    • Battery management system
    • Power electronics for storage
    • AC power control
  • Examples of PV and PVS Power Plants

Key PV Plant Functions

  • Maximizing Energy Harvest Through DC voltage Control
  • Real & Reactive Power Generation
  • Voltage Regulation and/or Power Factor Control at POI
  • Active Power Control (Ramping, Curtailment)
  • Grid Disturbance Ride Through (Voltage and Frequency Excursions)
  • Primary Frequency Droop Response
  • Short Circuit Duty Control

PV Plant SCADA System

  • Plant SCADA Architecture
  • Key Functions of PV Plant SCADA System
    • Real-Time Monitoring of All Plant Data
    • Control of Certain Plant Components (e.g., Inverters)
    • Ability to Remotely Access the Plant SCADA System
  • Key Components of a Typical SCADA System
    • SCADA Rack
    • Plant Network
    • Security
    • Remote Network Architecture
    • SCADA HMI Screens
  • Typical PV Plant Data
    • Plant-level data
    • Inverter data
    • Instrumentation data
    • High frequency voltage and current measurements at POI
    • Other data
  • Plant Instrumentation

PV Plant Control System

  • Plant Controls Architecture
  • Real & Reactive Power Generation
  • Active Power Control (Ramping, Curtailment)
  • Voltage Regulation and/or Power Factor Control at POI
  • Grid Disturbance Ride Through (Voltage and Frequency Excursions)
  • Primary Frequency Droop Response
  • Short Circuit Duty Control
  • Advanced Capability Including Ancillary Services
    • AGC (Automated Generation Control)
    • ADS (Automated Dispatch System)
    • Flexible Operation Including Regulation Reserves

Friday, September 11, 2020 Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 am :: Log In

9:00 am  – 12:00 pm :: Course Timing 

Adding Storage (BESS) to PV Plant

  • Key Design Characteristics of Storage
  • AC-coupled Solution
  • DC-coupled Solution
  • Impact of Storage Sizing
  • Power Converters for Storage
  • Grid Value Created by Adding Storage
    • Energy Shifting
    • Peak Shaving
    • Capacity
    • Ancillary Grid Services


PVS Plant-level Controls and SCADA System

  • Power Plant Controls and Grid Integration Features
  • AVR Control
  • Battery Management System
  • PV & PVS Impact on Grid Services
  • Scheduling of Dispatch
  • Arbitrage Between PV Generation and BESS Generation
  • When to Charge? When to Discharge? How is the Priority Established?
  • How Does the Plant Control System Work with Multiple Services?



Mahesh Morjaria, CEO, REPlantSolutions, Inc

Over the past decade, Dr. Mahesh Morjaria has established himself as an industry-recognized leader in the area of solar generation and in addressing challenges associated with integrating solar into the power grid. He led the development of plant-level controls that enabled utility-scale plants to provide grid-friendly capability required to support bulk power system stability and reliability. He has also led a number of pioneering demonstrations that have increased value of solar through reliability services and flexibility.  Dr. Morjaria previously worked at GE for twenty years where he held various leadership positions including a significant role in wind energy. His academic credits include B.Tech from IIT Bombay and M.S. & Ph.D. from Cornell University. 


Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time. 
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

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