O&M

Study of 100,000 arrays finds proactive O&M preferable

The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory examined five-year data to observe the most common system failure points and how to prevent them. Researchers considered residential, commercial and utility scale plants and found interesting results. While failures cannot be avoided completely, a key takeaway was that close monitoring and timely repair can effectively mitigate the financial effects of failures.

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Hardware and Services Brief: 72-cell heterojunction, fuzz and buzz, Tesla making its own battery cells, more!

PV InfoLink sees some multi-silicon module pricing increases, Array Technologies’ new clip lets First Solar install a module every 11 seconds and DNV GL has launched a global solar production projection tool. Send your hardware and services to USA-Editors@pv-magazine.com

The futurology of solar power: robots, hackers, 5G, cheaper modules, repowering, and really cheap electricity

Module efficiencies will continue to increase, while the price of an individual module will stay the same. Not only will this hardware produce more power, it’ll work far longer — with predictions of 30-year module warranties, roughly the projected lifetime of gas assets.

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Let the solar games begin — more innovation on the Intersolar show floor

Plenty of innovative hardware at the show that isn’t a module, battery or racking — as well as services and the Solar Games.

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The new SunPower: CEO Tom Werner on disintegrating a PV firm and software eating solar-plus-storage

“It’s what we’ve talked about for many years — it makes sense to produce energy where you use it. And it makes sense that it would be intelligent and easily optimized. The new SunPower will focus exclusively on accomplishing that.”

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Hardware Brief: Solar+storage+indoor farming, space robots, battery packs at $135/kWh, more!

Sunmodo’s racking hardware has been approved by Sunnova, Schneider Electric and Scale Microgrid Solutions are partnering up to do some indoor farming, Groundwork rents the machines you need to build and maintain your facilities and more! Also – send your gear news to USA-Editors@pv-magazine.com to get in here.

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First half of 2019 saw sunlight down as much as 10%, grand solar minimum held off in second half

Clean Power Research saw solar generation shift downward from the norm as much as 10% in many U.S. locations in the first half of 2019.

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Tinder, except for solar and sheep

The American Solar Grazing Association is seeking to connect local, available sheep with O&M teams at solar power farms, and they’re raising $4,500 to build phase I of a webpage to make it happen more efficiently.

Dirt-eating solar panel coating wins government funding

Swift Coat has won a $1 million grant from the DOE to develop a solar glass coating that combines industry standard anti-reflective properties with photocatalytic titanium dioxide that breaks down organic materials on solar modules, potentially increasing energy generation by 3% over standard panels.

Hardware Brief: King Window Cleaning in SoCal, REC 25 times three, Jinko in space, more!

Please companies, get your services known, your gear covered – send press releases and datasheets to USA-Editors@pv-magazine.com. What’s on the docket today? Module pricing is going down, higher efficiency products more so – enough that you ought call you supplier, Quasar bidirectionally connects your home directly to the DC side of your cars energy storage and SolRates is refining their offerings.

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