Category Archives: Renewables

AN OVERVIEW OF BEHIND-THE- METER SOLAR-PLUS-STORAGE PROGRAM DESIGN: WITH CONSIDERATIONS FOR INDIA

Executive Summary Indian consumers have been deploying behind-the-meter generation (predominantly diesel backup, and, more recently, photovoltaic) and storage systems (predominantly lead-acid and other kinds of batteries as uninterrupted power supplies) by the millions for decades (Jaiswal et al. 2017; Seetharam … Continue reading

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Solar Risk Assessment: 2019 – Quantitative Insights from the Industry Experts

Introduction “In God we trust, all others must bring data.” – American Statistician W. Edwards DemingRarely does a single investment yield both significant social and financial benefit. In this way, solar is unique: this rapidly growing asset class offers the promise … Continue reading

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Data shows solar asset underperformance and bias towards optimistic pricing

Image: Black & Veatch Solar assets are underperforming far more frequently than official energy estimates would suggest, validating an industry-wide bias towards overly optimistic pricing, according to the industry experts who contributed to KwH Analytics’ 2020 solar risk assessment report. “From … Continue reading

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Impact of Component Reliability on Large Scale Photovoltaic Systems’ Performance

Abstract: In this work, the impact of component reliability on large scale photovoltaic (PV) systems’ performance is demonstrated. The analysis is largely based on an extensive field-derived dataset of failure rates of operation ranging from three to five years, derived from … Continue reading

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Solar Under Storm Part II – Select Resilent Rooftop Best Practices

Solar Under Storm Part II is a response to the overwhelming reception of the original report, which provided best practices for ground-mount solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. It is also a response to stakeholder requests for a rooftop-focused report for the growing … Continue reading

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PV Tech’s analysis of the ‘Top Performers’ in PVEL’s ‘2020 PV Module Reliability Scorecard’

The ‘2020 PV Module Reliability Scorecard’ report, undertaken each year by PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) in partnership with DNV GL, has continued to raise questions over key aspects of module reliability.  This is not just because of the accelerated development and … Continue reading

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The 2020 Global Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report

February 18, 2020 The 2020 Off-Grid Solar Market Trends is an in-depth analysis on current market dynamics, projections for the coming five years, and a blueprint for how actors in this market can compete in a swiftly evolving industry ecosystem. … Continue reading

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SOLAR UNDER STORM SELECT BEST PRACTICES FOR RESILIENT GROUND-MOUNT PV SYSTEMS WITH HURRICANE EXPOSURE – Part 1 of 2

The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active in history.1 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought widespread destruction throughout the Caribbean.In addition to the emotional toll these severe storms had on people in the region, the disruption of critical … Continue reading

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India’s Utility-Scale Solar Parks ‒ A Global Success Story India Is Home to the World’s Largest Utility-Scale Solar Installations

Executive Summary Renewable energy in India has taken centre stage when it comes to the significant development of energy infrastructure required to achieve India’s economic goals. In 2016, the Indian government set a target of 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy … Continue reading

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