O&M

pvMB: The Clean Energy Access Act of 2019 in SC, sheep+solar in Arizona, power sector emissions are up and more!

In today’s pv magazine USA morning brief, Duke Energy’s 74.9MWac Hamilton Solar Power Plant has opened in Florida, gas spiked U.S. electricity-related emissions in 2018, and South Carolina is moving forward with its first piece of aggressive pro-solar legislation.

SunCast: Lance Li on drones and solar

In this latest episode of SunCast, host Nico Johnson talks drones, inspection and asset management with Lance Li of Aerospec.

DOE seeks solar power situational awareness

The DOE has launched a program to find unique and innovative solutions that increase grid operators’ situational awareness of solar PV systems deployed throughout the grid at strategic locations – and that are seek to go beyond pure R&D, seeking field validation.

The consolidation continues: AlsoEnergy merges with Locus Energy

AlsoEnergy has acquired/merged with its third energy monitoring and asset management company this summer. This most recent move brings 25 GW and 190,000 projects under AlsoEnergy’s responsibility.

Expanding the definition of solar asset management

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Soltage VP Raj Soi discusses the hows and whys of having a dedicated asset management team for solar projects.

How to install solar power strong enough for a hurricane

The 2017 hurricane season gave analysts at the Rocky Mountain Institute a broad dataset of storm-related solar power plant outcomes, from which they have delivered a list failures and specification for high wind speed survival.

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Smart residential solar inverters prepping to run the grid

PG&E has filed an interim report on customer-sited behind-the-meter smart inverters. The utility sees strong potential benefit for the grid with this technology, but says more standardization and reliable communication protocols must be established before a broad roll-out can occur.

AI-infused drone O&M for solar farms – 50 minutes per MW

Aerospec Technologies offers portfolio level drone O&M data analysis services backed by machine learning to tell you exactly what’s happening with every single solar panel, in near real time.

Cypress Creek opens solar control center in North Carolina

The developer says the facility is one of the few NERC-CIP compliant control centers run by a solar company, and will manage nearly 2 GW of solar projects in 14 states.

Sunnova now offering solar + energy storage in California

Sunnova’s ‘SunSafe’ solar power plus energy storage product is focused on backup power during outages, avoiding peak charges in the evening.

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