For most early-in-the-process solar power professionals, operations & maintenance (O&M) is a line in a spreadsheet. We find the customer, we do the finance, the engineers do the design, the office buys the hardware, and the crew does the hard work installing. Then the sales person gets a commission, and its time to hunt again.
Except that solar power system is going to exist for decades out, and someone needs to make sure the modules keep producing electricity, and that electricity makes it to the grid.
PV Operations Dallas, on April 16-17, is bringing together some of the largest names in the industry (see below) to talk about O&M for solar power and energy storage focused on the Texas market, and the Southwest as well. And if you’re a pv magazine USA reader – use the code COMM-SOLAR-GUY100 to get $100 off of your registration before March 22.
And with the massive volumes of solar projects that are getting underway in Texas, one must recognize that the financial opportunities will also boom. If we think that O&M might cost $5,000/MWdc in the future, and that the USA will have 100 GWdc of solar power deployed within a few years – we’re talking about $500 million per year O&M industry.
Topics covered include (and there are far more):
- U.S. Renewables O&M Market Outlook & Opportunities
- Executive Asset Owner Panel: Wind & Solar Operational Optimization
- Policy outlook and opportunities for solar owner operators in Texas
- Project Risk Mitigation – Managing Assets & Contracts from a Financial Perspective (cross-industry session with Utility, C&I and Residential solar)
- Standardization – how to mitigate risk factors to make sure that you maintain your Service Level Agreement
- Learn how early decisions can vastly improve the long-term success of a project
- Managing Big, Utility Scale, Projects: The Asset Manager’s Perspective
pv magazine USA has covered O&M entrepreneurs in recent times, for instance: AI infused drones or solar module film projects a 3.4 to 4.7 percent increase in electricity production on utility scale solar projects after application. And we’re also seeing consolidation in the monitoring of projects – which will help us all watch over our sites with a bit more clarity.
As well, one could argue that technologies put out by SolarEdge and Enphase are some of the best O&M tools out there, because now we can see our projects produce on the most.
So please, reach out to Diana Dropol on LinkedIN (left) if you have questions, and take advantage of the early bird registration discounts through March 22. As well, do note that this writer will be there on behalf of pv magazine to participate in a panel, to give as much give as much knowledge as I can, so find me to shake my hand and tell me what else I should be writing about!
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