03 Sep '13, 1pm

Is there a “Plug-n-Play” Solution to the PV Installation Soft Cost Problem?

There have never been standards for the size of solar PV modules as each manufacturer creates its own solution in its own way. This has resulted in a plethora of options but it also created several complications that have added soft and hard costs to solar installations. Some see this as a competitive advantage, but the case for standards was best articulated during the SolarTech InterSolar North America 2013 Performance Symposium, “Hertz and Avis don’t compete on the quality of their rental agreements.” The same can be said of module geometries. Energy consumers simply want (demand) low cost energy ($/kW-hr), and if this means a solar PV system investment, then the lowest cost overall system cost and ongoing maintenance is required for competitiveness. Standardization on 60- and 72-cell module dimensions will take cost out of the installation of solar PV without compromis...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013...

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