Solar PV and batteries in New Zealand – consumer centric electricity

New Zealand households are now enthusiastically adopting new energy technologies – from energy efficient appliances, to household solar photovoltaics (PV) and demand management systems, and more recently, household batteries. This is changing the dynamics of the established electricity system, and while some utilities are taking advantage of the new opportunities, […]

Is the growth in variable generation like solar and wind worrying you?

With the load fluctuations that accompany solar and wind generation, fast-ramping is rapidly becoming a must-have resource. But most base-load generation resources can’t be quickly cycled up or down. That’s why the highly touted “duck curve” has a big belly – representing the over-generation that occurs as long-start generation resources […]

Smart inverters for smart solar grids

Improved performance and manageability of solar plants provides benefits to grid operators.. When a large solar power plant relies on a relatively small number of central inverters, the failure of just one can have an immediate impact on the quantity and quality of energy supplied to the grid. With string […]

Utilities accelerating pace of grid-tied solar

As part of the US Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization and SunShot Initiatives, this Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports the research and development of highly scalable distribution system planning and real-time operation solutions that enables seamless interconnection and integration of high […]