Impact of High Solar Penetration in the Western Interconnection

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This paper presents an overview of the variable characteristics of solar power, as well as the accompanying grid dynamic performance and operational economics for a system with significant solar generation. The paper will show results of economic operational simulations of a very high solar generation future for the western half of the United States.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2010

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5500-49667


  • GE Energy
  • grid integration
  • power system operations
  • reserve requirements
  • solar power
  • transmission


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