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This paper considers the operational issues related to community level micro-grids which uses PV systems as the main local power generation. To facilitate the operation of such systems, the paper investigates the use of local storage, and proposes an Energy Management System (EMS) for this purpose. The paper shows that the proposed EMS can address the main operational issues, such as reducing energy consumption during peak loading conditions and limiting excess reverse power flow back to the utility.
Date of Conference: 15-20 Sept. 2012