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Dec 5, 2016
A model to calculate the financial impact of operations & maintenance (O&M) practices, standardization of contracts, and a pay-as-you-go app to hire local contractors are on the cards for the U.S. solar industry.
Nov 21, 2016
Innovations in plant design, component improvements and the clustering of maintenance services are pushing O&M costs close to $8,000/MW/yr, the cost the National Renewable Energy Laboratory forecast for 2020, industry experts told PV Insider.
Nov 10, 2016
A new U.S. member-owned cooperative is to build a pool of certified staff and equipment from across the country to drive down operations and maintenance (O&M) costs and minimize full life-cycle risks for new plants, Stephen Irvin, CEO of project leader Amicus Solar, told PV Insider.
Oct 25, 2016
PV plant operators are demanding more sophisticated dust accumulation analysis to inform construction and operations decisions and new research is linking weather models and predictive analysis to reduce downtime, leading industry experts said.
Oct 12, 2016
Pre-assembly and customized design testing are optimizing labor and other soft cost components which are increasingly driving U.S. project competitiveness, Ran Fu, Solar Energy Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), told PV Insider.
Sep 28, 2016
DNV GL's acquisition of GreenPowerMonitor (GPM) will generate new data-analytics synergies, interlinking project development and asset management activities to maximize solar plant performance, company executives told PV Insider.
Sep 14, 2016
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.
Aug 30, 2016
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.