Category: Grid Modernization
Grid feed-in management solutions can assist in installing plants in locations where feeding into the grid is either regulated or not allowed at all. Poster viewers will understand what feed-in management is, why and how it can be deployed, and how it can solve design and installation issues faced by many installers and developers in several states today.
There are several use cases for feed-in management in the U.S. The first application is when the utility company puts a cap on solar plant size due to the capacity of the grid equipment such as transformers. This scenario has developed in states including Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. The utility either requires that plant owners pay for system upgrades or install a smaller plant which will send less power back to the grid. With feed-in management, installers have been able to put up the plant size desired and still stay within the feed-in limitation.
A second application includes areas were local regulations limit the amount of power you can feed back into the grid. This is relevant in states like Hawaii where feeding back to the grid is either not allowed at all, or plant owners are actually charged by the utility if they feed-in.
The third application for feed-in management would be if net-metering policies change or even if net-metering dies. Installers and plant owners can still remain profitable even after the death of net metering by installing smart energy features and feed-in management solutions. We are likely to see more need for these solutions in states like Florida, California, or Nevada where net-metering caps are being met or state policy is changing. Instead of shedding PV yield, power can first be directed towards self-consumption or battery storage.
We will illustrate how feed-in management is deployed and what is needed to curtail the inverter to only produce the amount of power the building is using, or to produce only a certain percentage of power. This poster content is geared toward solar installers, developers, and grid operators.
Anne Nelson– Chief Marketing Officer, Solar-Log by Solar Data Systems, Inc.