The solar photovoltaic industry is experiencing a period of great technological progress and an immense increase in conversion efficiency. However, external causes remain the largest detriment to a solar PV plant’s energy yield and technicians must focus the majority of their efforts to alleviate them.
On 11th October 2016, Solarplaza organized the webinar “The Holy Grail of Data Intelligence in Solar Asset Management.” Gilles Estivalet and Guillaume Saupin, both from QOS Energy, joined the webinar as speakers, sharing the daily challenges they face when managing over 3500 RE plants for a total capacity of 1.5 GW. The entire video recordings from the webinar, and the speakers’ slides, can be freely accessed here.
A digital currency designed to accelerate solar generation could be worth up to €30 per MWh in three years time.
Italian solar leader believes it’s time for wind industry-style preventive maintenance to cut operations costs.
Growing PV plant size has the potential to complicate operations and maintenance, but improved monitoring can reduce losses drastically.
Increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles could significantly cut the cost and time needed for PV panel inspections.
Europe’s yieldcos have largely avoided the turmoil seen in the US and face an upbeat future despite the UK’s split from the European Union.
Using asset management platforms to gain a portfolio-wide view of operations can improve operational staff efficiency by up to 20%.
For the third year in a row Solarplaza is glad to share with you the latest edition of our ‘’Top 70 PV portfolios in Europe’’ overview. In recent years, falling government support, increasing competition and harsh financial outlooks have continuously been spurring market consolidation, with fewer owners holding portfolios of increasing sizes.
Following the report on 15 largest transactions of operational portfolios/plants in North America, Solarplaza extended the research to the largest PV portfolio transactions happening in Europe. For every transaction, we collected information about the seller, buyer, value of the transaction, project size and number of plants (if it concerns a portfolio transaction), country and transaction date.
Using natural ground cover such as grass or crops is not only better for the environment but has other benefits as well.
Innovation in operations and maintenance is increasingly the name of the game in Europe’s maturing solar markets.
As solar power is increasingly popular and operators of solar parks in particular seek maximum returns, the concerns about PID are growing. PID (Potential Induced Degradation) is a fact of life in all photovoltaic solar systems. It leads to reduced efficiency of systems, in addition to the performance reduction through regular degradation processes, such as aging or impact from weather conditions and the like.
The third edition of the Solar Asset Management Europe conference will take place in Milan next week – and there are some big questions to address.
“Access to fast, precise and reliable data will become essential for PV plant operators in the short-term. Highly digitized and customized O&M solutions will be the key to run a profitable solar power plant.” Christoph Neufink, Head of Service at skytron® energy
Earlier this year harsh winter conditions across Europe stranded thousands of motorists, saw the Alps’ heaviest snowfall in 50 years, and caused widespread property damage. These extremes also led to headaches for the owners and operators of solar projects across the continent.
Lightsource, Europe’s largest solar developer, is investing in people skills to deliver a unified standard of maintenance across its estate.
In an exclusive Q&A, Bo Palmgren of Danske Commodities talks about energy trading in Europe… and how the German market is leading the way.
Standardised measures around plant performance may boost the secondary market for PV projects
Competitors are piling in to take advantage of a customer fallout from the merger mishap of one of America’s biggest solar monitoring companies.