Black & Veatch, solar group offer tips on adding renewable energy to grids

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Infrastructure-consulting firm Black & Veatch recently partnered with the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) to develop a white-paper report on the benefits of proactive planning for incorporating renewable energy into an electric grid, Black & Veatch said this week.

Distributed energy resources (DERs) are increasingly being incorporated into grids around the world, and they need to be properly integrated. In Indonesia, solar and geothermal power are on the rise, with new generating facilities for both sources opening recently, and the government working to use renewable energy to electrify 1,000 islands.

“Logistical challenges to supply fossil fuels – coal, diesel oil or gas – to remote areas in Indonesia weigh heavily toward the inclusion of renewables like solar, wind, storage, mini hydro and geothermal,” Tariq Aziz, Black & Veatch's director of power-generation services in South Asia, said. “Successful integration, however, requires careful planning and a deep understanding of these new technologies and how they affect the grid."

The Black & Veatch report provides guidance to Indonesia and other countries, detailing how advance planning can make the integration process quicker and more efficient by  modelling the distribution-grid impacts of DERs, incorporating changing regulations and rates into the process, and creating a business strategy toward DER integration, including any changes to utility and business operations.

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