Oct 25, 2017
Falling costs and rising solar penetration could see the economics of PV plus storage projects overtake stand-alone PV in the coming years as the demand for solar 'peak shifting' and frequency response grows, a new study says.
Oct 11, 2017
U.S. utility-scale developers should focus on components and assembly methods which minimize labor costs to address the rising influence of soft costs, Ran Fu, lead-author of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)’s latest Solar Photovoltaic System Cost Benchmark report, told New Energy Update.
Sep 27, 2017
Advanced inverter designs and modular power electronics can place PV plants at the heart of U.S. grid modernisation plans, Charlie Gay, Director of the Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office, told New Energy Update.
Aug 23, 2017
Increasing cost competition and performance demands are prompting new contract terms between inverter suppliers and PV operators which prioritize long-term reliability and share revenue risk, industry experts told New Energy Update.
Jul 18, 2017
Optimized placement of operations and maintenance costs within project finance structures can maximize returns in the increasingly-competitive utility-scale market, Nicolas Gourvitch, Director at Green Giraffe, a renewable energy financial advisory firm, said.
Jul 4, 2017
A new industry-standard PV operations and maintenance contract and best practice guidelines will help cut primary and secondary market costs and lower barriers to entry, Vassilis Papaeconomou, Managing Director of Alectris and Chair of SolarPower Europe's Best Practices Task Force, said.
Jun 7, 2017
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.