Solar asset management specialists are investing in analytics, centralized spare parts warehousing and integrated energy storage to boost long-term plant efficiency, leading executives told the PV O&M USA conference on November 2.
Power technology firms such as GE and ABB have developed more heat-resistant materials and self-regulating technology to build higher-voltage solar inverters which will lower the capex and opex of plants, company directors told PV Insider.
U.S. PV solar installations are forecast to peak in 2019-2020 due to an extended Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and falling plant costs, pressuring utilities to introduce speedier connection processes, industry analysts told PV Insider.
Larger PV operators and service providers are leading an industry shift towards more accountable operations and maintenance (O&M) performance amid increasing competition on full life-cycle costs, industry executives told PV insider.
A new European report has provided a basis for standardized PV performance indicators but more detailed metrics will be required to maximize the gains from an increasingly competitive Operations and Maintenance sector, experts told PV Insider.
The growth of distributed solar in Sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate in the coming years if new financing models are adapted to build on regulatory progress in the utility-scale sector, leading industry figures said at the PV Insider South Africa 2016 conference.
The sharp fall in Dubai utility-scale tariffs between 2014 and 2016 shows the rising importance of hard cost components in maturing Middle East markets, leading financiers said at the MENASol 2016 conference on May 26.
Almost all of South African solar firms could now be considering expansion into other markets on the continent, said Pierre Doutreloux, managing director of Exosun Pty, tracker manufacturer Exosun’s South African subsidiary.
Future reductions in the Levelized Cost of Electricity (LCOE) of PV plants in Middle East and North Africa will require competitive financing sources and larger capacity projects, industry leaders told PV Insider.