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NorCal Solar 2015 Speaker Series Part 2: "PV Systems and Grid Integration"

  • SolarCity headquarters 3055 Clearview Way San Mateo, CA, 94402 United States (map)

We are excited to announce Part 2 of a special 2 part NorCal Solar Speaker Series focusing on PV system design and grid integration! Part 1, "New Developments in Inverters and PV System Design" was held on Tuesday, May 19 at SolarCity headquarters in San Mateo, CA.

Part 2: Thursday, June 18, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

(Networking & Refreshments 5:30 pm)

Sungevity, 55 Harrison St., Ste. 300, 2nd Floor Entrance, Oakland, CA 94607

As more PV systems are installed, integrating their variable energy output into the electric grid becomes a significant problem, and solving this is key to continuing the growth of the PV industry.  New inverter technology, along with storage, will play a major role.  Speakers from both utilities and the solar industry will discuss grid stability, voltage support, overcurrent protection, and other aspects of this important issue.


Dr. Terry Surles, Lead for Clean Energy Solutions, University of Hawaii

Dr. Surles has a distinguished career in energy and environmental management and consulting positions. He has more than 250 publications, technical reports, and presentations to his credit. He has served on a number of committees, including five appointments with the National Academy of Sciences and continues that service for government agencies, including the US Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He has recently consulted for a number of organizations, including the Economic Development Alliance for Hawaii, Booz, Allen, Hamilton, the East-West Center, the United Kingdom Energy Research Centre, and the State of Victoria.

Chase SunPrincipal Engineer, PG&E Distribution Planning

Chase is responsible for assessing system-wide DG issues, and representing PG&E, on various IEEE-1547, UL-1741, California Rule 21, CEC/CPUC Smart Inverter working groups. He joined PG&E in 1977, and has worked in various departments including, distribution planning, switchyard engineering, alternative energy engineering, power plant engineering, station construction, project management, substation asset management, distribution protection, substation maintenance, and transmission planning. He coordinated the first complete set of PG&E generator interconnection requirements in 1984, and was on the team that drafted and issued the PG&E Interconnection Handbook for both load and generation in 1997.

Additional Speakers TBA

NorCal Solar would like to thank our sponsors Quick Mount PV and Intersolar North America for their generous support!