Distributed PV Hosting Capacity Evaluation Considering Equitable PV Accommodation: Preprint

Xin Fang, Wenbo Wang, Fei Ding, Ningchao Gao

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In distribution systems, distributed photovoltaic (DPV) hosting capacity is widely used by system operators to evaluate how much DPV the distribution networks can accommodate without violating operational constraints. With the proliferation of DPV deployment, if managed properly, it offers a great opportunity to mitigate the persistent energy inequity issue in electric grid. Otherwise, energy inequity can be exacerbated with unequal DPV access when hosting capacity improvement plans ignore the equity factor. To consider energy equity in distribution network planning for enhancing DPV accommodation, the hosting capacity evaluation should be improved to consider equity constraints endogenously. In this paper, a DPV hosting capacity evaluation method is proposed considering equitable DPV access among sub-regions of a distribution feeder partitioned by social-economic indicators such as the income levels. The results demonstrate that considering equity in DPV hosting capacity evaluation can provide valuable reference in the equitable energy transition. This work provides a valuable guidance for future distribution network upgrade planning for equitable DPV deployment.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2023
Event2023 IEEE Kansas Power and Energy Conference (KPEC) - Manhattan, Kansas
Duration: 27 Apr 202328 Apr 2023


Conference2023 IEEE Kansas Power and Energy Conference (KPEC)
CityManhattan, Kansas

Bibliographical note

See NREL/CP-6A40-87693 for paper as published in proceedings

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A40-84488


  • distributed PV
  • energy equity
  • hosting capacity


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