SPLTRAK Abstract Submission
Current & Future Photovoltaic System Impacts on City-Wide Grid Performance & Neighborhood Microgrids
C. Birk Jones, William Vining, Thad Haines
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, United States

An accurate understanding of the electric grid’s performance as new photovoltaic (PV) systems are integrated requires a city-wide simulation with realist PV locations. This work describes a methodology that includes an assessment of actual PV system locations through an entire city. The assessment forecasts new PV adoptions throughout the city by considering census income blocks and building zoning areas. The existing and future PV adoptions are input into the simulation model to understand distribution and transmission system impacts. The study also evaluates the potential for roof-top PV, installed initially to offset fossil energy, to support local, neighborhood scale microgrids during a contingency event.