The Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Stem, a Millbrae-based energy technology company, today announced a pilot project to study the impact of high-penetration solar photovoltaics on the grid.
The two-year research project will utilize Stem's high-resolution data collection, cloud-based power system analytics and intelligent energy storage, with a goal of reducing electricity costs for customers.
During the first phase of the project, Stem and SMUD will work with residential and commercial customer volunteers from a solar-powered community to install Stem's "PowerMonitor" data collection and analysis system.
Data collected by Stem is designed to help SMUD determine the amount of PVs that can be added to a distribution feeder while maintaining grid stability and power quality.
"We're looking forward to exploring the potential for the greater integration of solar energy into Sacramento's electric distribution system," said SMUD's Mark Rawson, a senior project manager. "Stem's technology will enable us to both gather information and test solutions to possibly enable more clean energy in our community."