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Traditional interconnection processes evaluate the impacts of a given distributed generator to safety, reliability, and power quality after an interconnection request is received. This concept note introduces “Integrated Distribution Planning,” an alternative, emerging methodology designed to enable distributed PV. In the Integrated Distributed Planning concept, utilities or distribution system operators proactively study the hosting capacity of distribution circuits, the ability of these distribution circuits to accommodate growth in distributed generation, and any necessary infrastructure upgrades, all in advance of receiving interconnection requests from generators.
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The amount of time required to complete the distributed PV interconnection process can be a significant driver of interconnection costs to PV project developers, utilities, and local permitting authorities. Using data from over 30,000 residential and small commercial systems, this report provides insights from the United States (both nationally and in five states with active solar markets) on the length of time needed to interconnect and deploy distributed PV. The report assesses the number of business days required to 1) apply for and receive utility interconnection review and approval; 2) construct the PV system; 3) pass final local jurisdictional building permit inspection and submit permission-to-operate paperwork to the utility; and 4) receive permission to operate from the utility. It also provides insights on some of the drivers of the interconnection process timeline, which can be used to inform the development of interconnection procedures.
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To enable informed decision-making and planning related to increasing levels of distributed PV resources, the Distributed Generation Interconnection Collaborative facilitates knowledge sharing among its members about distributed PV interconnection practices, research, and replicable innovations. While the Collaborative itself primarily works with utilities and other stakeholders in the United States, its website hosts a collection of presentations, webinars, and reports that provide more broadly applicable information and case studies on interconnection practices.
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