Reliability engineers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory call for improved quality, standards, and testing.
Also on the rise: Using AI to detect faults in residential solar systems, Georgia Power gets an OK for a BESS, and China’s power woes are affecting U.S. solar markets.
The laboratories are reaching out to industry to better understand how solar+storage technologies were selected, what O&M activities are being conducted, what data is being collected, and what ongoing challenges and needs exist in this space.
Also on the rise: Canadian Solar signs O&M deal for two California solar and energy storage projects, studies uncover serious security threats tied to common EV chargers, and a new study outlines how 18GW of solar can power the Carolinas by 2030.
The two California projects were developed by Recurrent Energy and are owned by Goldman Sachs Asset Management Renewable Power.
Solar O&M comes down to mechanical rooftop connections, electrical solar panel connections, panel and connection temperatures, and inverters. Here are four possible plans of attack.
Kent Kernahan set out to take the heat out of solar cells. He and his partners may end up bringing solar manufacturing jobs to disadvantaged communities and making low-cost rooftop solar widely available.
The solar industry’s struggle with fire safety is ongoing. Dr. John R. Balfour and Lawrence Shaw have developed a means to begin to estimate the future costs and impacts from reported PV system-sourced fires.
Nobody wants their system to catch fire, yet fire data is historically underreported, making the discovery of causes and development of mitigation plans nearly impossible.
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