Globally, over 300 GW of large-scale PV solar power plants have been installed since 2008 - with over 40 GW in the U.S. alone. The performance of these power plants naturally decreases over time as PV modules degrade and as inverters reach their end-of- life and fail. As a result, some systems become a liability while others perform within contractual obligations, though still not at full potential. Consequently, system owners and operators often look for inexpensive ways to repower their existing and aging systems.
Across the United States, Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) contracts are being signed at increasingly lower rates, making it challenging for solar asset owners to maintain a viable return on investment. This has increased the need for developers and owners to fully maximize energy production from photovoltaic (PV) panel systems to meet these competitive PPA targets.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is set to vote on recommended safeguards for U.S. domestic solar manufacturing on October 31. Join GTM Research’s analyst team as they dissect the USITC’s vote and provide their immediate reactions to what the future of US solar under recommended remedies might hold.
Distributed energy resources (DERs) give us the opportunity to build a clear, more nimble and responsive grid and to make sure the grid maintains a constant state of reliable balance. But those resources need to orchestrated so that they are optimally aggregated, optimized and controlled for the grid services that are needed – precisely when and where they are needed.
Until recently, utility-scale solar power systems have been designed with the largest capacity central inverters available. With the introduction of string inverters, systems with capacities in the range of 1MW to 10MW have been successfully designed and installed using three-phase, 1000VDC string inverters with capacities in the 30kW to 60kW range.
As the commercial PV market continues to experience significant growth year-over-year, increased competition necessitates constant cost reductions and challenges integrators who must find ways to build and maintain margins. The solution is a wholistic approach to cost reduction which addresses factors affecting both CAPEX and OPEX.
Is your power plant optimized for the industry’s growing O&M demand? In the last three years over 19 GW of utility-scale solar PV have been installed in the United States, which has resulted in an increasing concern among project developers to focus on the operations and maintenance (O&M) of their plants. Is your plant ready for the future of O&M? This webinar will discuss the future of utility scale solar on maximizing the overall plant performance, availability, data and reporting.
As customer acquisition costs rise, solar developers are being forced to innovate – both in the software programs they use, and also in the processes and techniques they employ.
Optimizing a residential PV system is much more complex than simply optimizing the modules. While module level power electronics can be an important part of maximizing lifetime system profitability, there are many other dimensions to consider. Roof layout, shading, code requirements, interconnection mandates and storage are just a few of the important variables to carefully dissect.
This session will discuss how municipal, district, institutional, commercial campus or large buildings can benefit from a “Microgrid-as-a-Service” business model approach to stabilize their long-term energy costs and upgrade critical energy infrastructure without up-front capital.