The ancillary services that could be provided by the distributed generators and the energy storage systems are expected to give great added value to the microgrid-based smart grid topologies. These services must be integrated into the control system of the microgrids. In this paper, the pseudo-state-of-charge concept is introduced to improve energy storage management. Additionally, a noninvasive-to-the-inverter PV-plant control strategy, based on the remote control of PV-strings actuators, is presented and applied on a microgrid-based smart grid topology. The operation of the microgrid with the improved control infrastructure and the iterative algorithm is compared, in terms of reliability, to a microgrid with a different control strategy and topology. The experimental results highlight the advantages of the developed strategy.