Technologies to Increase PV Hosting Capacity in Distribution Feeders: Preprint

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This paper studies the distributed photovoltaic (PV) hosting capacity in distribution feeders by using the stochastic analysis approach. Multiple scenario simulations are conducted to analyze several factors that affect PV hosting capacity, including the existence of voltage regulator, PV location, the power factor of PV inverter and Volt/VAR control. Based on the conclusions obtained from simulation results, three approaches are then proposed to increase distributed PV hosting capacity, which can be formulated as the optimization problem to obtain the optimal solution. All technologies investigated in this paper utilize only existing assets in the feeder and therefore are implementable for a low cost. Additionally, the tool developed for these studies is described.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2016
Event2016 IEEE PES General Meeting - Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 17 Jul 201621 Jul 2016


Conference2016 IEEE PES General Meeting
CityBoston, Massachusetts

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5D00-65995


  • distribution system
  • feeder reconfiguration
  • hosting capacity
  • photovoltaic
  • PV
  • smart inverter
  • volt/var control
  • voltage improvement


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