More solar systems were installed worldwide in 2016 than any year to date, and the vast majority of these systems were ground-mount, utility-scale—a trend that is expected to continue for several years.
In recent years photovoltaic system design approaches have evolved. This system design philosophy has shifted as designers moved their design target to the array oversizing as panel prices have fallen. Rather than focusing on production efficiency and maximizing the output of each individual module, these designers have begun designing for maximum financial efficiency at the system level.
Traditional models of operating and maintaining electrical generating assets converting fuels such as natural gas, coal or nuclear don’t necessarily work to meet the current and expected financial demands of utility scale solar.
A typical US residential solar project is known to take 100+ man-hours of total effort: sales, marketing, financing, design, procurement, installation and operations tasks all performed by stakeholders across different companies working together.
Until recently, the price differential between three phase string inverters and central inverters was so large that the decision to use central inverters in utility scale solar systems was straightforward.
With soft costs representing nearly two-thirds of solar costs today in the commercial, residential, and utility sectors, the effects of early adoption of these marketplaces is wide-sweeping and may represent the largest opportunity in 2017 for all members of the supply chain
Each year power outages cost commercial and industrial businesses tens of billions of dollars in lost productivity. Of the over 3,500 power outages nationwide last year — two thirds of which lasted under 5 minutes — deploying energy storage systems capable of seamless transition to backup power could save American businesses tens of billions of dollars each year.
Aeris and its customer, SolarEdge, will share how gaining insight and control over your PV installations can drive profitability and customer satisfaction in an uncertain solar market. One proven way is migrating your operations to robust cellular connectivity and an easy to use management platform.