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Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative

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DGIC members are included in monthly informational meetings and discussions related to distributed PV interconnection practices, research, and innovation.

For more information, contact Kristen Ardani.

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NREL facilitates the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative (DGIC) with support from the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to foster knowledge sharing on distributed photovoltaic (PV) interconnection practices, research, and innovation to:

  • Identify and overcome data and informational gaps
  • Address process and technical challenges
  • Enable informed decision-making and planning for the anticipated rise in grid-connected, distributed PV resources.

Quarterly Meetings

Starting in October 2014, the DGIC will be moving to quarterly meetings instead of monthly. Meetings consist of discussions—presented in a webinar format—focused on specific PV interconnection practices and related research.

For more information on quarterly meetings, sign up to receive updates from the DGIC team.

Your Input is Needed
In fiscal year 2014, the DGIC's activities largely focused on gathering data to better understand interconnection completion timelines, documenting stakeholders' priority challenges related to distributed PV interconnection, and identifying innovative cost and time savings measures. As a result, the collaborative successfully collected project completion time frame data for more than 30,000 PV systems and hosted 10 webinar-meetings focused on utility case studies and interconnection practices.

Your feedback on the topics that the DGIC should pursue in 2015 can help us build off this momentum. Please take a short, four-question survey to guide our focus areas for the next fiscal year. The survey will be open through the end of the month, but we'd appreciate your feedback as soon as possible.

Prior Meetings and Presentations

Date Companies Presentation
September 24, 2014 Con Edison, RMI Highlights of SunShot Projects: Interconnection as Part of a Strategic Resource Planning Process
A recording of the webinar is available.
August 27, 2014 Salt River Project, NV Energy Distributed PV Interconnection Screening Procedures and Online Tools
A recording of the webinar is available.
A transcript of the webinar is also available.
July 9, 2014 NREL, Sandia Mitigation Measures for Distributed PV Interconnection
A recording of the webinar is available.
A transcript of the webinar is also available.
June 12, 2014 Arizona Public Service Company Lessons Learned with Early PV Plant Integration
A recording of the webinar is available
A transcript of the webinar is also available.
May 28, 2014 GTM, NRECA, SMUD Enhanced Modeling and Monitoring Tools for Distributed PV Interconnection
A recording of the webinar is available.
A transcript of the webinar is also available.
Apr. 30, 2014 TSRG, HECO Minimum Day Time Load Calculation and Screening
A recording of the webinar is available.
A transcript of the webinar is also available.
Apr. 2, 2014 SDG&E, PG&E Innovation in the Interconnection Application Process
A recording of the webinar is available.
A transcript of the webinar is also available.
Feb. 20, 2014 PEPCO Holdings Inc. Alternate Strategies for Pre-Application Reporting and Fast Track Analysis
Dec. 17, 2013 NREL, EPRI, WAPA DGIC Overview
Oct. 21, 2013 Southern California Edison A Utility's Perspective on the Interconnection Process

Additional Resources

See examples of how utilities are analyzing and establishing interconnection practices through work done by the Massachusetts Technical Standards Review Group.

Learn how NREL works with utilities.