Apr 11, 2018
Feb 1, 2017
U.S. commercial rooftop PV developers must transfer technology and design learnings from utility-scale projects and optimize sales and marketing fees to cut the soft cost premium on distributed grid projects, industry experts said.
Jan 18, 2017
Operators in the growing U.S. residential solar market must use the latest infrared scanning and plant modeling technology to reduce truck rolls and increase the return on maintenance activities, Mike Moone, Director, Energy Assurance at SunPower, said.
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.