Drawbacks of a medium sized, grid coupled Photo Voltaic Array

C. Keyer, I. Setiawan, F. Leferink




A medium sized photo voltaic (PV) array with good inverters produces high quality, real (true) power.. The maximum allowable reactive power is a percentage of the real power consumed from the grid. Before the PV array was installed the reactive power was less than 50% of the real power, which is allowed by the by-laws. Because of the amount of PV generated real power the actual consumed real power reduced. The ratio of reactive power to the consumed power changed therefore drastically. According the by-laws and the utility the eactive power drawn from the power grid is too high and the owner of the PV installation now has to pay a fine.

Published in: Renewable Energy & Power Quality Journal (RE&PQJ, Nº. 14)
Pages:474-477 Date of Publication: 2016/5/20
ISSN: 2172-038X Date of Current Version:2016/05/04
REF:367-16 Issue Date: May 2016
DOI:10.24084/repqj14.367 Publisher: EA4EPQ

Authors and affiliations

C. Keyer(1,2), I. Setiawan(2), F. Leferink(2,3)
1. University of Applied Science Amsterdam the Netherlands
2. Twente University.The Netherlands
3. Thales Nederland bv. The Netherlands

Key words

Photo voltaic array, apparent power, real power, reactive power fine.


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