Solar PV R&DProject SA Power Networks Flexible Exports for Solar PV Trial
This third lessons learnt report covers the activities during project development such as use of test sites in validating usability of installation guides, processes and applications, creation of installer and customer journey maps.
The Flexible Exports for Solar PV project (‘the Project’) is a demonstration project seeking to help integrate increased quantities of rooftop solar into Australia’s electricity network. Most current rooftop solar systems across Australia lack the ability to intelligently control the amount of electricity exports to the network. At certain times in the year, too much electricity is generated in the middle of the day and exported back to the network and is unable to be absorbed by loads in the local area. As a result, the local distribution networks in areas with high rooftop solar uptake can become congested. To avoid exceeding the technical limits of the network, some energy networks impose zero or near-zero energy export limits on new solar systems in congested areas.