The impact of distributed photovoltaic generation on residential distribution systems

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Abstract

The past few decades have seen a rapid proliferation of distributed generation sources. These sources can be located at or near load centers and provide benefits which traditional generation may lack. However, distribution systems were not designed to accommodate such power generation sources as they might cause bidirectional power flow and other potential problems and unexpected conditions. This paper investigates the impact of two different types of distributed PV generation sources on a test distribution feeder. A realistic test distribution system has been modeled and a comparative study has been done for two different loading scenarios at a moderate level of PV penetration. The paper further studies the effect of high penetration level of PV generation and points out some problems that might be encountered. The effects of distributed PV generation on voltage regulation, voltage unbalance factor and line losses have been analyzed for the different cases discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2012
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 10 2012
Event2012 North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2012 - Champaign, IL, United States
Duration: Sep 9 2012Sep 11 2012

Publication series

Name2012 North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2012

Other

Other2012 North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2012
CountryUnited States
CityChampaign, IL
Period9/9/129/11/12

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Keywords

  • Distributed generation
  • distribution engineering
  • line losses
  • photovoltaics
  • power distribution systems
  • residential rooftop PV
  • utility scale PV
  • voltage regulation
  • voltage unbalance factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology

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Mitra, P., Heydt, G. T., & Vittal, V. (2012). The impact of distributed photovoltaic generation on residential distribution systems. In 2012 North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2012 [6336330] (2012 North American Power Symposium, NAPS 2012). https://doi.org/10.1109/NAPS.2012.6336330