Sandia National Laboratories, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and European Distributed Energies Research Laboratories (DERlab) have organized a workshop on utility operating experience with high solar PV penetration levels. The workshop, “Utility Experience with High Penetration PV,” is scheduled Monday, December 3, in Berlin. The workshop will take place just before the Fifth International Conference on the Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (IRED) December 4–6, in Berlin.

The IRED conference brings together leading international experts in renewable energy and distributed energy resources (DER) for interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration. Abraham Ellis, Sandia engineer and IRED conference co-chairman, said the workshop and conference are unique because of their multidisciplinary focus. “Large-scale integration of renewables and DER is a complex issue that requires the attention and engagement of all stakeholders,” said Ellis.

He said the workshop will examine the experiences of utility operations that generate high percentages of electricity from PV. The session includes discussions of technical challenges, regulations, and technological implications of evolving grid codes.

Read the Sandia news release.