Distributed power generation plants with combined photovoltaic (PV) systems and integrated energy storage for grid-connected applications have seen an increase in research interest in recent years. However, the combination of multiple energy sources requires numerous DC-DC converters and thus becomes more complex. To address this issue, a multiport bidirectional DC-DC LLC resonant converter for grid connected applications is presented in this research. In order to minimize the control complexity of the proposed system, a zone based controller approach with an integrated modified maximum power point tracking (MMPPT) method, which is based on the incremental conductance method, is also developed. This proposed controller is able to regulate the converter voltage and power flow while either delivering or taking power from the utility grid. The converter presented in this study contains a bidirectional buck-boost converter and an LLC resonant converter in addition to a voltage source grid-tied inverter. These all interface with the PV, the battery and the utility. Extensive simulation analyses through MATLAB/Simulink have proved the operations of the proposed topology.