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PV Tech Power Volume 27

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96 pages

Highlights in this edition include:

  • European solar under the spotlight
    Europe’s solar sector is once again on the rise, but what’s driving it?
  • The impact of quality assurance measures in the early stage of a project
    By Boris Farnung, Keith Punzalan of VDE and David Moser of EURAC
  • Beyond PR – New solar PV performance metrics for advanced technologies
    By Christopher West, Solarcentury
  • The yin and yang of Agri-PV: Bringing together the best of both worlds
    By Stephan Schindele, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects
  • More in common: Europe’s energy storage associations’ unified stance
    How the energy storage sectors of Ireland, Germany, Poland and Spain are faring
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In this issue...

PVTP Paper
PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Commissioned at the start of this year, the Alamitos Battery Energy Storage System in California is a landmark project for the industry in having competed against natural gas to provide peaking capacity for the grid. Andy Colthorpe finds out the project’s backstory from Fluence’s Ray Hohenstein and AES’ Mark Miller.
PVTP Paper
PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
What do Ireland, Germany, Poland and Spain all have in common? Well, like the other members of the European Union they all have a requirement to decarbonise and a desire for sustainable economic growth. Andy Colthorpe speaks with energy storage associations from those four countries to hear about their unique situations as well as the opportunities and challenges they share.
PVTP Paper
PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Battery storage is flexible, remarkable — and investable — but you need to know what you’re doing and know where the market opportunities and limits lie. Renewable and clean energy financier Laurent Segalen from Megawatt-X explains some of the things he’s seen as batteries have become an infrastructure asset in their own right.
PVTP Paper
PV Tech Power Papers, Storage & Smart Power
Battery storage deployments, both with and without solar, have been in a new growth phase that has smashed quarterly records consistently while costs have continued to fall. Nonetheless, the maturity of the industry is not always reflected in the information available to financial decision-makers, writes Adam Walters from Stoel Rives LLP.
PVTP Paper
Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
As special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, prove a popular route to public markets for private energy businesses in the US, Fieldfisher’s Jack Mason-Jebb and Brad Isaac consider whether the trend has enough momentum to take it across the Atlantic.
PVTP Paper
Financial, Legal, Professional, PV Tech Power Papers
The broader decarbonisation agenda is driving interest from businesses in procuring renewable power, and now a whole host of solutions and market structures are coming forward to accommodate them. Edith Hancock explores the maturation of corporate power purchase agreements.
PVTP Paper
Design & Build, PV Tech Power Papers
Stephan Schindele, head of product management Agri-PV at BayWa r.e. Solar Projects, explores the mutual benefits of ‘Agri-PV’ to both solar farm operators and farmers alike, and reveals what is needed to take the sub-sector forward.
PVTP Paper
Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
With extreme weather events becoming increasingly common, Molly Lempriere takes a look at how to ensure a solar installation is prepared to manage wind, hail, heat and anything else nature has in store.
PVTP Paper
Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
The cost of insuring operational solar farms has skyrocketed over the course of the year, triggered by carriers rethinking their approaches to natural catastrophes and other extreme weather events. This has placed additional importance on mitigation strategies. Kevin Christy, COO for North America at Lightsource bp, details how the solar developer has adapted its strategy in the field.
PVTP Paper
Plant Performance, PV Tech Power Papers
As it matures, the solar industry is moving beyond the use of Performance Ratios (PR) as the go-to performance metric for operational sites. Christopher West, head of central engineering - solar PV delivery unit at Statkraft, argues the case for PRs to be replaced by alternative, more evolved methods of assessment.
PVTP Paper
PV Tech Power Papers, System Integration
Boris Farnung and Keith Punzalan of VDE and David Moser of EURAC’s Institute for Renewable Energy take a look at the positive impact comprehensive quality assurance measures can have on the early stage of a project’s lifespan, exploring yield assessments, LCOE projections and the critical need for high quality components.
PVTP Paper
Market Watch, PV Tech Power Papers
Reforms in energy policy since the election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador have led to increased uncertainty for solar developers in Mexico, with renewables auctions cancelled and changes to power dispatch priorities proposed. Alice Grundy looks at how the market can move forward once again.
PVTP Paper
Cover Story, PV Tech Power Papers
Not only will solar be the dominant source of new power generation in Europe by 2025, cementing its position as the third largest market for solar globally, but the continent has placed the asset class at the very heart of its COVID-19 recovery strategy. Liam Stoker, Edith Hancock and Jules Scully explore the drivers for solar in Europe, the key markets and the challenges that remain.

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