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.
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 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.