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Solar life-cycle management: Is the spectre of lost returns holding solar energy back?

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By Mark Skidmore, has over 14 years’ experience in the solar industry, and over 18 years’ experience in the construction contracting industry. A registered professional electrical engineer (PE), certified energy manager (CEM) and NABCEP solar professional, he holds a university degree in mechanical engineering and is the solar plant services manager at TÜV Rheinland, Tempe (USA).; Samantha Doshi, has over five years’ experience in the areas of PV module certification, laboratory module and component testing, and field performance and failure analysis. She has a university degree in mechanical engineering and serves as the solar performance manager at TÜV Rheinland, Tempe (USA).; Matthias Heinze, is the director of business development at TÜV Rheinland, and has several decades’ experience in the areas of PV plant qualification and monitoring, laboratory module and component testing, performance measurement and failure analysis. He has a university degree in engineering and is an active member of the IECRE.; Christos Monokroussos, received his doctorate in photovoltaics from Loughborough University, UK, and has 10 years’ experience in PV research. His activities centre on solar cell characterisation, PV modules, PV measurement systems and PV module reliability. An active member of the IECRE, he is currently the director of R&D in the TÜV Rheinland solar and fuel cells business field.

Data | The collection of inaccurate data at any point in the life cycle of a solar plant will undermine
almost every aspect of the investment accounting. The importance of precision data
gathering in mitigating risk for builders, operators and financiers is discussed.

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