Retrofits for Resiliency: How to Make an Existing Solar PV System into an Islandable Resilient Power System

Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Millions in state subsidies and private capital have gone into an impressive build-out of distributed solar PV systems in the U.S. Unfortunately, all these existing solar systems will cease operating if the grid goes down – just when they could be most beneficial. This webinar explained what is required, technically and economically, to retrofit an existing solar PV system with a new “smart” inverter and battery to make it islandable, so that it can continue to serve critical needs behind the meter when the grid is down.


  • Ben Schenkman, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Chris Larsen, Senior Sales Engineer, Dynapower Company LLC
  • Dan Cohee, Vice President of Operations, Pacific Data Electric

This webinar was a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is supported by the US Department of Energy Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories, and is managed by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA).