Procopiou, A; Petrou, K; Ochoa, L
(Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Melbourne, 2020)
This document investigates the adoption of traditional solutions such as change of off-load and on-load tap changer positions and/or network augmentation to increase the hosting capacity of PV-rich distribution networks considering the new Victorian Volt-Watt and Volt-var settings which mandates that both power quality response modes are enabled. Studies are performed on four fully modelled and significantly different HV feeders (i.e., urban and rural) considering time-series seasonal analyses with growing penetrations of solar PV. Findings show that enabling both Volt-Watt and Volt-var functions with the Victorian settings provides significant benefits to both DNSPs and customers. Voltage rise issues and curtailment are dramatically reduced, making it possible to host 20% of customers without the need for other solutions. Adopting traditional solutions can help increase the solar PV hosting capacity to 40% (excluding HV feeders with long SWER lines). However, beyond 40%, traditional solutions were found to have limited effectiveness in mitigating network issues.