What is a virtual power plant (VPP)?

What is a virtual power plant (VPP)?

A Virtual Power Plant — or VPP for short — is a network of decentralized, medium-scale power generating units such as wind farms, solar parks, and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units, as well as flexible power consumers and storage systems.

This allows the high-level VPP operator to run them as though they were one large power plant operating 24hrs/day.  A VPP can:
  1. Sell stored solar power to the grid.
  2. Get paid for helping keep the grid stable.
  3. Suck up grid power when it’s cheap and sell it later for a profit.
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