Webinar: Grid saturation lessons from Australia and Hawaii – Tuesday, 12 May 2020 at 11am PT - Clean Coalition

Webinar: Grid saturation lessons from Australia and Hawaii – Tuesday, 12 May 2020 at 11am PT

This one-hour webinar took place on 12 May 2020.

With high solar adoption, Australia and Hawaii have experienced serious grid saturation issues. Both locations are using curtailment to manage voltage volatility and distributed energy resources (DER) saturation, resulting in limits to the size of solar+storage installations. 

As DER saturation increases around the US — with California and New York at the forefront of this trend — we can learn valuable lessons from Australia and Hawaii. 

Unsustainable grid upgrades and curtailment are avoidable. Technology available now, combined with the right policies and market mechanisms, can help us chart a better course for reaching our renewables goals.

This webinar detailed:

  • How cost-effective inverter-based solutions can provide reactive power for voltage balancing that allows much higher penetrations of renewables.
  • How Planet Ark Power’s eleXsys™ technology solves the problems of voltage instability and limited hosting capacity, which are at the root of the challenges associated with increased DER saturation.
  • The policies needed in conjunction with this technology to help us quickly and cost-effectively decarbonize the electricity sector.

Click here to watch this video on YouTube.

Presentation slides are available in PPT and PDF format. 


Steve Thrall is Director of Development – North America at Planet Ark Power. After first working with Planet Ark Power in their Australia office, Steve has returned to his home country of Canada to lead Planet Ark Power’s global expansion into the North America clean energy market using their game-changing technology, eleXsys™, an AI and IoT-based solution that transforms the electricity grid into a true two-way grid. Steve has been involved in the energy sector for several years, first beginning with investment banking and the execution of oil and gas acquisitions before applying his knowledge and skillset to the renewable energy industry. He seeks to become an expert in his field and to help Planet Ark Power succeed in decarbonizing the electricity sector to create a clean energy world.


Ben Schwartz is a Policy Associate at the Clean Coalition, focusing on representing the Clean Coalition in proceedings at the California Public Utilities Commission on microgrids and net energy metering. Ben is a fourth-year student at UCSB and uses his background in Environmental Studies and History of Public Policy to inform the diverse local, state, and national policy work he does at the Clean Coalition. In addition to working with the Clean Coalition, he is passionate about helping humanity solve the three greatest crises that exist today: climate change, water scarcity, and the lack of clean energy. Ben also works with the nonprofit the World Business Academy as producer for the New Business Paradigms podcast and joined the writing staff for the Academy’s Solutions News Radio Show as an assistant producer when the radio show began in January 2019.