29 Jan '13, 6pm

Optimizing PV Plant O&M Requires Focus on the Project Lifecycle

Optimizing PV Plant O&M Requires Focus on the Project Lifecycle

Our practical experience suggests that many issues emerging during the O&M phase are strongly related to the upstream phases of the project lifecycle (siting, development, design, etc.) and may have very significant effects on the downstream phase (performance, production). In particular, suitable planning, supervision and quality assurance activities are critical at all stages of the PV plant in order to minimize the risk of damages and outages, optimize the use of warranties, avoid dilution of resources and ultimately improve the overall performance of the PV plant. The typical O&M issues usually include aspects related to land availability, engineering features of the plant, grid connection procedures, contractors’ selection, extreme weather events, data acquisition and security systems, general housekeeping, and management of Social, Environmental and Health & Safety i...

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