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February 1, 2015
The effective operation and maintenance of large PV power plants is critical to ensuring these facilities perform optimally. Sara Ver-Bruggen looks at the latest O&M technologies and strategies emerging as plant owners seek to maximise their investment returns.
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February 1, 2015
Maximising production from a PV system is critical, since nearly all of the investment is made prior to system activation. Monitoring of PV systems allows operators to identify any performance or safety problems early so that they can be repaired quickly, thus minimising energy losses. Joshua Stein of Sandia National Laboratories and Mike Green of M.G. Lightning Electrical Engineering discuss some new monitoring strategies that are necessary for expeditiously identifying and locating system faults.
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February 1, 2015
Project name: Jasper solar power project; Location: Near Kimberly; Northern Cape, Province, South Africa; Capacity: 96MWp; Annual Generation: 180,000MWh.
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February 1, 2015
Evidence is emerging that data used in PV yield modelling, an essential element in optimising a plant’s design and profitability, is leading to erroneous results. Ben Willis reports on the solar industry’s data challenge and how it is responding.
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February 1, 2015
As PV expands its global footprint, logistics – transporting goods from factory to project site – is becoming a complicated challenge for manufacturers. Sara Ver Bruggen reports on efforts by the industry to reduce costs arising from equipment damaged in transit.
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February 1, 2015
Last year First Solar revealed that its 50MW Macho Springs project in New Mexico had become the first to receive a ‘Quality Tested’ certification from VDE and Fraunhofer ISE, as described on the previous pages. Ben Willis asks Azmat Siddiqi, First Solar’s senior vice president of quality and reliability, and John Sedgwick, president of VDE Americas Quality, what the accolade means.
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February 1, 2015
Grid constraints, feed-in tariff fears and the spectre of a nuclear resurgence have all threatened to derail solar’s astonishing rise to prominence in Japan, but the country still looks on course to be 2014’s second largest PV market. Andy Colthorpe reports on the state of Japanese solar as it begins its five-year countdown to grid parity.
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February 1, 2015
In 2014, a number of countries around the world began to develop into serious solar end markets. Ben Willis asks IHS analyst Josefin Berg to give her tips on the emerging markets to watch over the coming year.
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February 1, 2015
At a conference in Thailand at the end of 2014, delegates heard of the region’s attempts to break free of costly diesel power. Lucy Woods reports on the progress solar energy is making in displacing the diesel generators.
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February 1, 2015
Throughout 2014, there were widespread reports of China’s struggles to hit ambitious PV targets, particularly with distributed projects. Beijing-based solar expert, Frank Haugwitz, reveals the difficulties Chinese developers experienced.

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