Southern California Edison High Penetration Photovoltaic Project - Year 1

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


This report discusses research efforts from the first year of a project analyzing the impacts of high penetration levels of photovoltaic (PV) resources interconnected onto Southern California Edison's (SCE's) distribution system. SCE will be interconnecting a total of 500 MW of commercial scale PV within their service territory by 2015. This Year 1 report describes the need for investigatinghigh-penetration PV scenarios on the SCE distribution system; discusses the necessary PV system modeling and distribution system simulation advances; describes the available distribution circuit data for the two distribution circuits identified in the study; and discusses the additional inverter functionality that could be implemented in order to specifically mitigate some of the undesirabledistribution system impacts caused by high-penetration PV installations.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages88
StatePublished - 2011

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5500-50875


  • distribution systems
  • high penetration
  • high-penetration
  • inverters
  • photovoltaics (PV)
  • PV
  • SCE


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