Distributed energy resourcesProject Networks Renewed
Report: Networks Renewed: Project Results and Lessons Learnt (PDF 3MB)
Networks Renewed is a smart inverter demonstration project to address network power quality issues that are emerging through widespread uptake of rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV).
Supplying safe, reliable power to our homes is a complex task, particularly when it comes to managing voltage. Managing voltage is not a new problem due to our long power lines and different demands for electricity. However, it has become a bigger issue recently as more solar systems are connected to the grid.
When solar generation is at its highest in the middle of the day, demand can be at its lowest (while people are at work), leading to a widening ‘voltage envelope’ that is difficult for the network business to resolve. This can limit the amount of solar that can be easily connected to the grid.