PV rich distribution networks


This project, funded by ARENA and AusNet Services, is a three-stage investigation to understand how Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) can make the most of their networks to accommodate residential solar PV.

The project starts with the development of detailed full three-phase integrated HV-LV network models to quantify the impacts of various solar PV penetrations on network performance. Then, using these models, the University will explore how to quickly estimate PV hosting capacity without the need for complex and detailed network studies. The aim is to develop innovative analytical techniques to assess network hosting capacity of solar PV by using readily available HV network and customer (smart meter) data.

Finally, the University will investigate planning options to assist DNSPs in increasing network hosting capacity. Recommendations for DNSPs will be drawn from a techno-economic assessment of traditional solutions (eg, network augmentation and existing voltage regulation devices) and non-traditional solutions (eg, new voltage regulation devices, PV inverter capabilities, and battery storage systems).


Deliverable 4: Non-Traditional Solutions, August 2020

Deliverable 3: Traditional Solutions, February 2020

Deliverable 2: Innovative Analytical Techniques, October 2019

Deliverable 1: HV-LV modelling of selected HV feeders, June 2019


Webinar: Solar PV Hosting Capacity Using Non-Traditional Solutions, September 2020
Webinar: PV Hosting Capacity Using Traditional Solutions, April 2020
Webinar: Smart Meter-Driven Estimation of PV Hosting Capacity, December 2019

Further information

Project ARENA Website

Project Reports (ResearchGate)