Utility-scale solar developers are increasing upfront investments in rigorous quality assurance programs to secure return-on-investment amid aggressive price competition, industry experts told New Energy Update.
Operations and maintenance companies are tapping growing datasets to implement more detailed cost benchmarking as advancements in connective IT raise the potential for performance gains, company executives told New Energy Update.
Progressive regulatory frameworks and rising banking interest could see Saudi Arabia surpass its renewable energy targets faster than expected and future tenders should evolve to support smaller market entrants, leading industry participants said at the MENA New Energy 2017 conference on April 25.
Turkey's giant 1 GW Karapinar tender and panel import tariffs help build a local industry to support fresh growth plans but domestic content rules have kept prices above other Middle East markets, experts said.
Italy's Enel Green Power completed over 300 MW of South African PV plants ahead of schedule in 2016 and developers must align operational phase contracts and warranties to maximize the gains from early start-ups, William Price, Country Manager South Africa at Enel Green Power, said.
A new U.S. census report has forecast stable employment in the utility-scale solar sector in 2017 but cost-saving plant designs, technologies and cooperatives are set to impact labor distribution in the coming years.
Grid operators are trialing the latest tracker, inverter and energy storage technologies to create higher-efficiency PV grid integration strategies across the vast eastern power network, industry experts said.