Europe has been upping its solar ante over the course of last year. According to SolarPower Europe, European PV installments grew by 28%, from 6.72 GW in 2016 to 8.61 GW in 2017. The region is poised to install an average of 14 GW every year till 2022. Furthermore, the European solar market is at the cusp of a new cycle, no longer bolstered by feed-in tariffs.
This article is concerned with examining the ending of feed-in tariffs and the respective available capacity across 8 European countries, and alternative solutions for when these tariffs come to the end of their cycle.
Even the best asset managers in the business may be missing out on opportunities to improve internal rates of return.
Sophisticated laser systems are being used to scare away birds that can cause significant loss of production on water-borne projects.
Stern Energy, as an independent PV O&M provider, is looking to give asset owners and asset managers a way of gathering all PV project information under a single pane of glass.
The optimization of the performance of a photovoltaic plant is increasingly important. Power losses may be caused by various factors such as electrical problems, degradation of modules, shading, high temperatures and the soiling effect, which is the subject of the present article, as it is a reversible potential factor.
The majority of attractive PV locations are impaired by soiling losses, which refers to loss in power due to dirt, dust, snow and other particles covering the surface of the PV module. Dust can originate from a number of sources, including pollution resulting from wind, vehicular activities and so forth.
PV operations and maintenance is no longer just about keeping plants going. It’s increasingly about continuously improving performance.
Sports, due to their ability to reach enormous number of fans worldwide, have long been platforms for value promotion. One of such values have been the concept of sustainability and energy efficiency that have become the subject of increased focus lately. We've compiled an overview of the 50 biggest solar systems connected to stadiums and sports venues worldwide.
To familiarize ourselves with the status quo of the ownership landscape, we created the 5th edition of our top 70 of European solar portfolios. This list comes in preparation of the two-day Solar Asset Management Europe conference, which is set to take place on the 7-8 of November 2017. For more information regarding the upcoming conference, click here.
The European solar PV market is one of the most mature markets in the world. Maturity, however, does not mean dullness. Plant and portfolio owners constantly adjust their operations to market dynamics in a way that maximizes returns.
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.