15th Webinar – Impact of distributed Solar Net Metering on grid stability and preparations that DISCOMs can undertake
WEBINAR DATE: 03rd April, 2018 [Tuesday]
TIME: 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM IST
REGISTER HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/210303978378605571
India’s major dependence on imported fossil fuel for its energy needs is increasing renewables share especially of solar. The central government has set up an ambitious target of installing 40GW of rooftop (distributed) solar by 2022 but the installed capacity has only crossed the 1GW mark till date. Hence, for quick deployment of the remaining capacity, the supporting market mechanisms must be robust and streamlined.
Net metering is one such mechanism that allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity, which they do not use, back into the grid. In addition to helping consumers reduce their energy bills, it is also supposed provide financial relief to the distribution companies (DISCOMs) through consumer default risk mitigation, reduction of AT&C losses and help cut down the per-capita energy footprint.
With the growth envisaged in solar PV deployment, it seems difficult to manage it because of its nature of variability and volatility. As there will be more physical adjustments in the system, more computations and resources will be required to control the grid. There are various factors posing a challenge to the rise of solar in India and net metering is just one of them primarily for distributed generation. Distributed PV owners can earn energy credit or even cash for the surplus energy they produce via a net energy metering. Grid unreliability is another issue hampering solar PV systems since the electricity generated using solar cannot be used in case of a grid outage due to anti islanding protection.
Discoms seem to be reluctant in adopting net metering guidelines due to loss of business/ profitable customer base. Utilities or grid operators need to modify their infrastructures and operational policies to handle the challenges from distributed generation and solar net metering. Utilities need to be responsible for coping with the variability and volatility of distributed PV generation. Policy makers, meanwhile, are coming up with multiple mechanisms to incentivize net-metering adoption from both sides to help Discoms improve their financial health and to enable a reliable energy supply.
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
This webinar brings experts from the field of service provider/utility and technical consultant to share their experiences on the following topics:
Benefit 1: Impact of Solar net metering mechanism on the grid and its components (Distribution Transformers)
Benefit 2: Effect of solar PV integration on Power Quality
Benefit 3: Best practices to be followed by Indian utilities to ensure grid stability
KEY DISCUSSION POINTS
Key Talk Points
- With solar growth envisaged how does internal mechanism of net metering work?
- What is the effect of Solar net metering mechanism on the grid and its components (specially on distribution transformers)?
- What specific protection devices are required to ensure reduction in Power quality issues (like voltage imbalance and harmonics) with integration of solar systems?
- Any simulated case study depicting effect of net metering on grid stability?
Key Talk Points
- Are Indian utilities prepared to manage the solar grid integration and undertake net metering mechanism?
- What are the technical and commercial challenges faced by Discoms with solar net metering?
- How Indian utilities will manage and monitor load on the distribution transformers (being a key element of the grid) with augmentation of solar PV systems?
- What are the best practices undertaken by global utilities to ensure power quality is maintained with solar grid-integration?