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Best Practices for Solar QFs to Play Friendly on the Grid

Dive deep into active power curtailment
with Adam Baker, Solar Monitoring Specialist

About The Webinar

One of the reasons it’s so difficult to get small PV interconnections approved is due to grid stiffness issues. Utilities want to ensure the highest level of reliability, and grid shocks from inverters coming online or being tripped offline can cause havoc. QF sites already online and producing power aren’t exempt from grid problems. They are often first to be curtailed when any instability or congestion on the distribution system occurs.

Luckily, there’s a way to avoid curtailment.


Amongst utilities, there has been a positive reception of PV sites with active power curtailment built into the site through implemented controls. With the ability to limit output at will, QFs can work with the utility to keep the PV plant running with reduced output during times of grid instability. Due to this flexibility, utilities are less likely to trip the site offline. In their minds, interconnection with sites that gradually ramp inverters up and down means no more shocks to the grid.

You'll Learn

The best and most cost-effective way to implement or retrofit your QF with a controls solution that allows you to play friendly on the grid.

Adam Baker is Senior Sales Executive at Affinity Energy with responsibility for providing subject matter expertise in utility-scale solar plant controls, instrumentation, and data acquisition. With 23 years of experience in automation and control, Adam’s previous companies include Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley), First Solar, DEPCOM Power, and GE Fanuc Automation.

Adam was instrumental in the development and deployment of three of the largest PV solar power plants in the United States, including 550 MW Topaz Solar in California, 290 MW Agua Caliente Solar in Arizona, and 550 MW Desert Sunlight in the Mojave Desert.

About Adam Baker

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Duration: 20 Minutes
Title: Best Practices for Solar QFs to Play Friendly on the Grid
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