Maximizing Solar Output Power: Load Shedding Design Approach

Morakinyo Adefunminiyi A.


Renewable energy is currently at the centre of meeting the world energy needs. A notable number of offices and home-users have employed the renewable energy technologies, which are usually used for power backup purposes. High cost of generation is the major factor militating against solar power system affordability. Therefore, an effective way of maximizing the limited generated solar power is paramount. This research presents a viable method of minimizing the overall cost of implementing a solar power system by adequate management of the load to be powered.

This paper presents a load shedding design approach in maximizing the solar output power usage in meeting the ever dynamic power need in a typical office setting. The estimated cost of implementing the full load design was compared side by side with a proposed load shedding design approach. In addition, the shed loads were carefully considered to ensure the office day to day activities were not hindered.

The load shedding design was found to reduce the total effective load of the office complex. It also reduced the total cost of implementing the solar power design to meet a required load by 90.87%.

Keywords: Solar Power, Maximize, Load Shedding, Renewable Energy, Full Load

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