Category Archives: Solar

Global Photovoltaic Power Potential by Country – 2020

Over the last decade, the solar power sector has seen installation costs fall dramatically and global installed capacity rise massively. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has reported that solar photovoltaic (PV) module prices have fallen 80% in the last … Continue reading

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Solar Photovoltaics in Severe Weather: Cost Considerations for Storm Hardening PV Systems for Resilience

Resilience can be defined as the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from disruptions through adaptable and holistic planning and technical solutions (Hotchkiss 2016). Solar photovoltaic (PV) power has … Continue reading

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RENEWABLES 2020 – GLOBAL STATUS REPORT

RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY NETWORK FOR THE 21st CENTURY FOREWORD Every year, we launch the Renewables Global Status Report (GSR) to present the latest data and facts on renewable energy policies, markets and investments. This year, however, something is different. We collectively witnessed the adoption … Continue reading

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Distributed Solar Quality and Safety in India

Key Challenges and Potential Solutions Executive Summary In India, the quality and safety of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems—and their installation—have become a concern for investors, regulators, consumers, and distribution companies (discoms). The lack of quality standards and a push for … Continue reading

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A Renewable Energy Mini-Grid Technical Assistance Guide – Take-aways from 15 years of GIZ support in mini-grid market development

Executive Summary – Mini-grid technical assistance recommendations in a nutshell Over the last 15 years, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has trialed, adjusted and refined approaches to providing technical assistance (TA) to govern- ments interested in rural electrification with … Continue reading

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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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