Volt-Var Curve Reactive Power Control Requirements and Risks for Feeders with Distributed Roof-Top Photovoltaic Systems

C. Birk Jones, Matthew Lave, Matthew J. Reno, Rachid Darbali-Zamora, Adam Summers, Shamina Hossain-McKenzie
2020 Energies  
The benefits and risks associated with Volt-Var Curve (VVC) control for management of voltages in electric feeders with distributed, roof-top photovoltaic (PV) can be defined using a stochastic hosting capacity analysis methodology. Although past work showed that a PV inverter's reactive power can improve grid voltages for large PV installations, this study adds to the past research by evaluating the control method's impact (both good and bad) when deployed throughout the feeder within small,
more » ... stributed PV systems. The stochastic hosting capacity simulation effort iterated through hundreds of load and PV generation scenarios and various control types. The simulations also tested the impact of VVCs with tampered settings to understand the potential risks associated with a cyber-attack on all of the PV inverters scattered throughout a feeder. The simulation effort found that the VVC can have an insignificant role in managing the voltage when deployed in distributed roof-top PV inverters. This type of integration strategy will result in little to no harm when subjected to a successful cyber-attack that alters the VVC settings.
doi:10.3390/en13174303 fatcat:u65nacl5yjai7gbod2lvavh3ye