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Title: Voltage Support Study of Smart PV Inverters on a High-Photovoltaic Penetration Utility Distribution Feeder

This paper reports on tools and methodologies developed to study the impact of adding rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems, with and without the ability to provide voltage support, on the voltage profile of distribution feeders. Simulation results are provided from a study of a specific utility feeder. The simulation model of the utility distribution feeder was built in OpenDSS and verified by comparing the simulated voltages to field measurements. First, we set all PV systems to operate at unity power factor and analyzed the impact on feeder voltages. Then we conducted multiple simulations with voltage support activated for all the smart PV inverters. These included different constant power factor settings and volt/VAR controls.
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Conference: Presented at the 2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 5-10 June 2016, Portland, Oregon
Piscataway, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States))
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San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E)
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United States
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION voltage support; smart Inverter; PV; volt/VAR