Increased Efficiency, Better Data: The Case for Drones in Energy

Drones support business efforts to avoid hazardous man-hours; reduce costs for maintenance, inspections, and repairs; and improve efficiencies across energy operations. While drones drastically reduce the amount of time required to do inspections (by more than 95% in the case of solar), they also offer better data to inform business decisions and provide a practical solution for everyday problems facing businesses in Transmission and Distribution (T&D), Wind, and Solar.

Microgrid Business Models and Value Chains

The new energy industry is working to categorize the various types of microgrids and business models. The primary goal is to minimize microgrid system costs such as project development, system design, commissioning, service, support, and funding. Microgrid categories will help promote standardized designs – which will enable repeatable, modular, and scalable systems.

Picking Winners in the Evolving Renewable Project M&A Landscape

It’s both an exciting and complex time to be a developer, owner or investor of renewable energy projects. The market is increasingly attractive to more players, but factors such as tariffs and the new tax law have also muddied the waters.

CohnReznick and GTM dissect some of the hottest topics that industry players contemplate when evaluating buying and selling solar and wind assets, as well as the current and future M&A landscape.

In addition to the consideration of a host of standard and technical aspects, competitive valuation of renewable energy assets for M&A transactions increasingly depends on a deep knowledge of financial accounting and tax considerations, from DRO to BEAT. But that’s just the beginning. This white paper evaluates the most salient topics in the industry today that can make or break renewable project deals.

Trends in Solar Technology and Pricing Presentation

In the last five years, the cost of solar has fallen 48 percent. Annual global solar installations now total 100 gigawatts. These two facts are closely intertwined.

In a presentation at Solar Summit earlier this month, GTM Research's Scott Moskowitz highlighted current trends in solar PV technology like the rise of 1,500 volt systems and three-phase inverters overtaking central inverters. He also went on to provide an outlook on PV system prices.

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Global Energy Storage: 2017 Year-in-Review and 2018-2022 Outlook

2017 was one of the most exciting years yet for energy storage, as several markets saw formative policy developments, interesting business models materialize and a rush of corporate merger and acquisition activity. A total of 1.4 gigawatts and 2.3 gigawatt-hours of energy storage was deployed globally in 2017, with Australia taking the pole position in terms of power capacity at 246 MW, while the U.S. market led the world in terms of energy capacity at 431 MWh.