Cybersecurity Standards for Photovoltaic Operations

Andy Walker, David Benton

Research output: NRELPresentation


Solar energy plays an important role in securing a more resilient, cyber-secure electrical grid in Pennsylvania. Solar's ability to be widely "distributed" on residential and large roofs, marginal lands, and many other locations across Pennsylvania - as opposed to being centralized - offers a strong option for addressing the myriad of potential disruptions that can occur to the grid's infrastructure. And when combined with energy storage, local energy needs can be met immediately without having to wait on the delivery of an off-site fuel source. As more and more distributed solar electricity generation is brought online, researchers, technology developers, solar developers and grid operators are paying close attention to the potential for solar to enhance grid cybersecurity. Although nobody may know when, where, or how the next cyberattack will take place, there are security measures, technical solutions, and management practices that are being implemented across the industry to protect against network control issues and grid operations. Everyone participating in the solar value chain stands to gain from a coordinated, iterative approach to protect against cyber vulnerabilities and build deeper resilience into the architecture of our grid.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePresented at the Pennsylvania Solar Center Webinar, 8 April 2022

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5C00-82588


  • cybersecurity
  • photovoltaics


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