Toolbox Entry: Recommendations for the Planning of PV-Rich Distribution Networks: An Australian Case Study

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Last edited on 27/11/2022 by Hector Alfaro
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Nacmanson, William J.; Ochoa, Luis Nando
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Enabling Distributed Technologies
  • Distributed generation (solar)

Distribution Planning
  • Distribution planning / Electrification master plan

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Distribution planning
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This paper consolidates the findings from the “Advanced Planning of PV-Rich Distribution Networks” project and provides a series of planning recommendations to help distribution companies in Australia, and internationally, take adequate planning actions that facilitate the widespread adoption of residential photovoltaic (PV) systems in a costeffective and practical manner. A set of considerations are presented to perform an advanced model-based approach for solar PV hosting capacity and potential solution assessments in distribution networks. A summary of the seven investigated complete solutions and their costs for the four Australian fullymodelled high-voltage (HV) and corresponding attached lowvoltage (LV) feeders, forming integrated HV-LV feeders (including urban and rural), are presented, considering PV penetrations in both the short-to-medium and long terms.
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