IEEE Role in Delivering Technology for Humanity @ DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose : Bayshore Ballroom
Oct 19 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

IEEE Smart Village is hosting a joint strategic forum and call to action with the United Nations onThursday, October 19 prior to the start of the GHTC conference. The focus will be on IEEE’s role in delivering technology for humanity and the path to implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by 193 countries.

Since 2010, IEEE Smart Village has been eradicating poverty in at-risk communities through photovoltaic systems and our Sunblazer standardized microgrid package, combined with ICT technologies, education, and holistically sustainable entrepreneurship.

I would like to personally invite you to join us for this high level event focused on sustainability, mitigation of climate change, and implementation of the SDGs in the field. I have attached the event schedule for your reference.

The registration link is  Registration for the full GHTC conference is not necessary for participation.

Advances in Utility-Scale PV Plants: Key Lessons Learned @ PARC
Nov 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Dr. Mahesh Morjaria


Advances in utility-scale PV plant design and balance of system (BOS) components, along with PV module cost reduction and efficiency improvement, have played a significant role in making solar energy more cost-effective than conventional resources. The industry has already achieved a significant PV plant cost reduction by adopting the next generation plant architecture that increases direct current (DC) system voltage from 1,000VDC to 1,500VDCThe BOS savings result from greater scale efficiencies by enabling higher power throughput in DC components such as cables, combiner boxes, and inverters. There are various other BOS innovations in structures and DC wiring that have been noteworthy too. Further cost reductions are possible with adoption of cost-effective string inverters and adopting advanced Medium Voltage DC (MVDC) plant architecture. 

Another enabler in integrating large amount of PV generation into the electric power grid, is the capability of utility-scale PV plants to address grid reliability and stability concerns. PV plants with “grid-friendly” features such as voltage regulation, active power controls, ramp rate controls, fault ride-through, frequency droop control and others have alleviated these concerns. The viability of PV plants to provide important ancillary services to the grid was recently demonstrated in a test conducted with NREL and CAISO on a 300MW utility-scale PV plant.  The results showed that the PV plant value can be extended to provide services such as spinning reserves, load following, ramping, frequency response, variabilitysmoothing and frequency regulation. The results showed that a PV plant can regulate to 4-second Automated Generator Control (AGC) signal 24-30 points more accurately than even fast gas turbines. 



Dr. Morjaria leads a R&D effort in PV systems technologies for utility-
scale solar plants. Over the past seven years at First Solar, he has established himself as a leading expert in the area of solar generation and in addressing key challenges associated with integrating utility- scale solar plants into the power grid. Dr. Morjaria previously worked at GE for over twenty years where he held various leadership positions including a significant role in expanding the wind energy business. He brings more than 35 years of advanced technology, and product development. He is the author of numerous industry leading papers and patents in the area of solar, wind generation & grid integration. His academic credits include B.Tech from IIT Bombay and M.S. & Ph.D. from Cornell