Elektro Ljubljana setting up system to boost renewable energy

Ljubljana, 15 December - The power distributor Elektro Ljubljana has connected to the grid Slovenia's first solar power plant capable of dynamically adjusting its output depending on the situation in the grid. This new type of operation control will allow that more solar plants are connected to the grid, Elektro Ljubljana said in a press release on Thursday.

Photovoltaic cells.
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"At the moment we are setting up a system of critical voltage points on the grid. Voltage is measured at critical points located away from the solar plant. The measurements are forwarded to the distribution operating centre, where we make calculations and then send signals to the solar power plant to decrease production when there is a problem," Elektro Ljubljana CEO Aleksander Zupančič said.

He believes this type of operation control will allow more renewable power plants to be connected to the grid. "Most of the requests for solar panels and other renewables we turn down are rejected because of voltage problems," Zupančič said. "We are happy that even more people will be able to have their own power plants."

Power production at the new plant will expectedly be launched on 1 January. Having a maximum capacity of 10 kilowatts, it is an average self-sufficient power plant, said Elektro Ljubljana.

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