Korea widens solar’s funnel into the grid

MOTIE | The current limit in left box; revised limit in the right

Korea has widened the funnel into the grid for solar power generators.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) announced on February 27 that the 20% more solar capacity can connect to KEPCO’s distribution line from March 2. It means that the current limits of 10MW (standard distribution line) and 15MW (high capacity line) are raised to 12MW and 18MW respectively.

The increasing requests for grid integration from solar power producers have caused more and more ‘grid connection queue,’ MOTIE explained the background of the decision. From October 2016 to January 2020, solar project developers had requested a total of 14.0GW of capacity to be connected, of which 5.9GW still in the queue.

With the lifted bar, 3,335 power generating facilities of 725MW capacity will have immediate access to the grid. This is 35% of a total of 9,585 facilities (2,214MW) which needed new distribution lines.

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