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Systems Integration

The National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) at NREL provides grid integration support, system-level testing, and systems analysis for the Department of Energy's solar distributed grid integration projects supported by the SunShot Initiative. These projects address technical issues and develop solutions for high-penetration grid integration of solar technologies into the electric power system to meet the goal of reducing cost and market barriers.

  • We support grid-integration efforts by leading and participating in groups that provide valuable information on high-penetration PV integration.
  • We work with utilities and system integrators to collect data on high-penetration PV scenarios. Data from these systems will help identify potential issues with large penetrations of PV on distribution feeders and quantify the effects of these systems on actual operating electrical distribution systems.
  • We are developing analysis, modeling, and simulation tools, and are conducting technical analysis on high-penetration scenarios for PV systems to understand their impact on the electric power system.
NREL engineer Andy Hoke works on a PV array outside of the DERTF at the NWTC.

NREL's solar distributed grid integration research finds solutions to enable greater penetration of solar electricity on the power grid. Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL