Can your PV development afford a big delay to its Commercial Operations Date (COD)? It happens more often than you might think. One large California PV project was recently delayed nine-months for failing to meet the California ISO’s (CAISO) requirements for metering and data telemetry. The road to successful development for large PV solar projects is fraught with perils.
Several trends have defined the energy sector in 2015, including the formation of NY REV, the rapid growth in residential solar and the continued disruption of the traditional utility business model. With all of this year’s innovation and activity, it’s clear that transformation will only increase in the coming year.
The deadline for the end of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is nearing and you’re racing against time to get projects completed. What decisions do you need to make in the next several months that will ensure success and avoid multi-million dollar losses due to a missed deadline? Or worse, finding that work quality was compromised for the sake of speed, leaving you to incur huge financial penalties that eat into profits? Avoiding these outcomes will require detailed planning and the application of the very best industry practices for you to have a chance of meeting the December 31, 2016 deadline.
In 2016, a new distributed solar PV system is projected to be installed every 83 seconds in the United States. According to GTM Research, distributed solar capacity has more than doubled in the past 2.5 years. This is forcing utilities to examine how to attain the benefits of solar and other distributed energy resources while containing management complexity.
New Brunswick Power talks about how it is leveraging distributed energy resources to create a real-time, dynamic solution to renewable energy firming
New Brunswick Power has a goal of generating 40 percent of its portfolio from renewables by 2020. Like many utilities looking towards a more renewable future, the utility was faced with solving the capacity firming challenges that come with intermittent energy resources like the wind that blows so freely in the Maritime region of eastern Canada. An important component of the solution involved working with its customers on an innovative distributed energy management initiative focused on demand-side management.
In order to stay competitive, solar designers must ensure that every design decision is optimal for minimizing cost and maximizing performance. The biggest opportunities for improvement are design rules-of-thumb: often determined a decade ago during high module costs, these design techniques are easy to apply, yet often cost developers money.