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Category Energy Security, Grid Integration, Photovoltaic, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy
Tags sand2012-2090
year 2012
author Abraham Ellis, Benjamin Karlson, and Joseph Williams
report-id SAND2012-2090

This report focuses on the procedures and technical requirements for interconnecting utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) plants, typically greater than 20 MW, to the transmission grid within the United States. The discussion is primarily based on requirements set out by entities such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. The interconnection of utility-scale PV plants is a relatively new concept within the United States, and the requirements for plant performance and interconnection facilities are different from PV’s more common application as a distributed resource, especially with respect to generator response to voltage and frequency disturbances. The reasons for growth and the attractiveness of the U.S. PV market are also examined along with the topology of a typical PV plant.