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Accenture Reports Increased Solar Energy Installation May Undermine Power Grid

Accenture Reports Increased Solar Energy Installation May Undermine Power Grid - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Accenture Reports Increased Solar Energy Installation May Undermine Power Grid - top government contractors - best government contracting eventA recent study by Accenture, “Achieving High Performance with Solar Photovoltaic Integration“, found that the increased penetration of solar energy installations by residential and commercial property owners and large-scale solar energy developers could undermine the reliability, safety and quality of power supply on the electric grid for unprepared utilities.

Accenture conducted the study with 50 executives from 31 North American utility providers and found that 38 of those that responded believe their electric grids will require an upgrade or else be challenged in the case of  a solar photovoltaic penetration level of less than 15 percent.

Residential and commercial property PV systems as well as developer owned systems seem to already be causing problems for utilities such as high cost to provide reactive power and voltage support and grid instability caused by anti-islanding requirements.

“Solar power has great potential as a source of renewable energy as developers continue to innovate and reduce the cost of PV production,“ said David M. Rouls, managing director of smart grid services for Accenture. “However, the large-scale penetration of solar PVs will require smart grid planning and changes by utilities to realize its benefits.“

The company made recommends that utilities take a number of actions to manage the impact of solar PV, take advantage of its growth and successfully integrate higher levels of solar PV production into their operation.

Accenture said companies could accomplish this through proactive facilitation, acceleration of smart grid initiatives and reviewing the impacts and risks on the utility business processes.

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