Distributed PV Hosting Capacity Evaluation Considering Equitable PV Accommodation

Xin Fang, Wenbo Wang, Fei Ding, Ningchao Gao

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Distributed photovoltaic (DPV) hosting capacity is widely used by distribution system operators to evaluate how much DPV the distribution networks can accommodate without violating operational constraints. If the proliferation of DPV deployment is appropriately managed, it offers an excellent opportunity to mitigate the energy inequity issue in electric grids. Hosting capacity improvement plans that neglect energy equity can exacerbate unequal DPV access. To consider energy equity in distribution network planning to enhance DPV accommodation, hosting capacity evaluations should be improved to consider equity constraints endogenously. This paper proposes a DPV hosting capacity evaluation method that considers equitable DPV access among sub-regions of a distribution feeder partitioned by socioeconomic indicators, such as income level. The results demonstrate that considering equity in DPV hosting capacity evaluations can provide a valuable reference in the equitable energy transition. This work provides guidance for future distribution network upgrade planning for equitable DPV deployment.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
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-6A40-84488 for preprint

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-6A40-87693


  • distributed PV
  • energy equity
  • hosting capacity


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