PV Grid consortium publishes recommendations for easing integration of PV into European grids

The Europe-wide PV Grid consortium has released a consultation document containing key recommendations for the adoption of technical solutions to ease the integration of PV into the distribution grid. Over the next 3 months, fifteen national workshops will take place throughout Europe presenting and discussing the project’s findings.
Since May 2012, the PV Grid project consortium has been working on identifying and prioritizing technical solutions to increase the PV hosting capacity of distribution grids. Following a detailed barrier analysis, regulatory and normative recommendations to facilitate the adoption of these solutions are now presented in a European advisory paper.
In an evolving energy system, where distributed generation based on renewable energy sources is increasingly playing a central role, new capabilities to operate the distribution grid are required. The challenges addressed in the PV Grid European advisory paper are as follows: ensuring fair conditions for applying PV curtailment; developing an appropriate PV self-consumption framework; exploiting advanced PV inverter capabilities; promoting the deployment of storage solutions at both DSO and end-user level; favoring demand response applications; feveloping a coherent metering framework; and incentivizing the development of smart grids.
Before April 2014, national PV Grid partners will organize workshops in all 15 participating countries in order to discuss with key national stakeholders the most adequate solutions to be implemented in each country, taking into account national specificities. The outcome of these discussions will be reflected in an update of the European advisory paper that will be released in summer 2014. The PV Grid project consortium invites all European stakeholders to provide comments and feedback on the contents of the European advisory paper before Apr. 30, 2014.

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