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Advanced Grid-Friendly Controls for Utility-Scale PV Power Plants

NREL published 47 journal and magazine articles in 2016 on grid modernization research. Find them all in one place and catch up on any you missed with this new report. Go to report

Featured Project

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Advanced Grid-Friendly Controls for Utility-Scale PV Power Plants

In this project, two utility-scale PV plants demonstrated the ability to provide essential reliability services for the grid, including spinning reserves, load following, ramping, frequency response, variability smoothing, frequency regulation, and power quality. Learn more


NREL grid research is led by the Power Systems Engineering Center under the direction of Ben Kroposki. The center is part of the Energy Systems Integration directorate, led by Associate Laboratory Director Juan Torres. NREL's grid research is aligned with the U.S. Department of Energy's Grid Modernization Initiative as part of the Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium.