星期一, 9月 27, 2021
Home PV Technology Solar Operations’ myPV ClearSky units help Pine Gate project satisfy interconnection requirements

Solar Operations’ myPV ClearSky units help Pine Gate project satisfy interconnection requirements

Last month, Pine Gate Renewable’s Grissom Solar project went commercial. Grissom is a 6.9-MW solar + 10-MWh battery storage site. Pine Gate requested support from Solar Operations Solutions (Solar-Ops) to overcome the challenging requirements that surfaced during the utility’s interconnection study.

The Grissom project has a single 5-MW interconnection that must be maintained when solar and battery storage are working under the supervision of a third-party SCADA system. Both the solar inverters and the battery storage system are independently AC-coupled to the interconnection through two myPV ClearSky units from Solar-Ops.

Each ClearSky provides revenue-grade metering and recloser protection while eliminating much of the overhead medium-voltage equipment, reducing construction time and long-term operational costs.

“AC coupling battery storage to new or existing solar facilities is increasingly common as developers and owner operators look to maximize value from their existing interconnection agreements and PPAs,” said Brad Micallef, Solar-Ops’ president. “The ClearSky product line is ideal for these applications due to its small size and built-in ability to satisfy protection and reporting requirements from the utility and ITC.”

Utilities have concerns regarding power quality issues from increased inrush current. Therefore, distribution interconnected generators like Grissom can face approval challenges. When AC-coupled battery storage is added to a solar facility, the additional transformers increase the chances of inrush current being a problem.

A distribution grid will experience a rapid reduction in voltage because of the sudden demand for current when too many transformers are energized at the same time. This sudden rapid voltage change can lead to equipment damage for power customers and requires mitigation for the utility to operate within IEEE standards.

Normally requiring a dedicated piece of equipment, the Grissom facility was able to mitigate its inrush current by sequencing the two myPV ClearSky units’ internal medium voltage reclosers. Programming one ClearSky to energize upon grid restoration and the other to delay energization by a few seconds, the inrush event was reduced to an acceptable level.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

GRIDCO Gets Regulatory Approval to Procure Solar Power at ₹2.75/kWh from a 40 MW Project

The Odisha Energy Regulatory Commission (OERC) has approved the power purchase agreement (PPA) signed between Grid Corporation of Odisha (GRIDCO) and?NHPC Limited?for procuring 40...

Residential Solar System Sizes Continue to Rise in the U.S.: Berkeley Lab

The Berkeley Lab has found that solar photovoltaic (PV) system sizes continue to grow in the United States. In 2020, the median was 6.5...

IREDA’s 10 GW Solar Module Manufacturing Tender Receives Strong Response

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA)’s tender for setting up manufacturing capacities for vertically-integrated high-efficiency solar modules under the production-linked incentive (PLI) program...

Nanoparticle Paste to Maximize Perovskite Solar Cells’ Efficiency Developed

Researchers at the ITMO University’s School of Physics and Engineering have developed a paste of titanium dioxide and resonant silicon nanoparticles to maximize perovskite...