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Managing technical risks in PV investments

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By David Moser, David Moser Coordinates the activities of the Research Group Photovoltaic Systems of the Institute for Renewable Energy, EURAC, Bolzano, Italy.; Caroline Tjengdrawira, Caroline Tjengdrawira is a senior project manager (solar PV) in the Energy Generation department at Tractebel Engineering (Brussels, Belgium).; Ulrike Jahn, Ulrike Jahn graduated in physics and leads various research and development projects in the business area of solar energy of the TÜV Rheinland Group in Cologne, Germany.; Matthias v. Armansperg:, Matthias graduated in mechanical engineering and business administration.; Máté Heisz, Máté Heisz is a business analyst at SolarPower Europe, working on topics linked to O&M, standardisation, sustainability and R&D.

Risk mitigation | The EU-funded Solar Bankability Project has developed a framework for managing the potential legal, technical and economic risks associated with PV projects. Here, members of the team behind the project set out some of the key tools and guidelines that have been devised to ensure ongoing quality management over the entire lifecycle of a PV power plant.

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