We're glad to be able to share with you the GTM Research data-overview of the 25 largest US utility-scale solar PV plant portfolios. We've published the top 5 here, along with some insightful observations by GTM's Colin Smith. The full top 25 is freely available upon completing the short form at the bottom of the article.
Consolidation is a recurring theme in many solar markets as they mature, but how fragmented or concentrated are each of these markets? How does the U.S. compare to Germany, Italy, or the U.K.? The latest edition of GTM Research’s annual report, Megawatt-Scale PV O&M and Asset Management 2016-2021, authored by yours truly, provides answers to this question for utility-scale plants. The chart below represents the share of the top 10 owners, asset managers, and O&M providers in 9 of the largest PV markets, as a percentage of the total installed base of PV plants 1 MWdc and above (at the end of Q3 2016).
More and more PV plants across the world are being installed on water. These so called ‘floating solar systems’ (or ‘floatovoltaics’) are an appropriate solution to situations where roof and/or ground space is limited. But just how big is this niche? Where are these floating plants located and what is their size? Solarplaza delved into these questions and came up with a Top 70 Floating PV Plants, as well as several interesting facts you probably want to know.
Our Solar Asset Management conference series is established as the leading event on the topic across 4 continents. With a track record of 10 events organized, and another 4 lined up for next year, we felt it was time to give the event series a face and feel of its own.
Increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles could significantly cut the cost and time needed for PV panel inspections.
In an interview with Solarplaza, Atul Jain – Diaspark Energy’s product manager said they are showcasing their software with performance enhancements across its Asset Management, O&M and Analytics Platform.
Diaspark Energy To Showcase Its “Asset Management Software” At Solar Asset Management Conference North America 2016
Diaspark is again a proud exhibition sponsor of the 3rd edition of Solar Asset Management Conference 2016 San Francisco, CA for the second year in a row. Keeping its promise from last year, Diaspark is set to launch version 3.0 of its PV Enterprise Software, with performance enhancements across its Asset Management, O&M and Analytics platform for the Renewable Energy industry.
As a preparation for Solar Asset Management North America 2016, Solarplaza has tracked down the 15 largest solar PV plant and portfolio transactions that took place in North America.
US investors are questioning what measures could stimulate the secondary market for PV now yieldcos have lost their lustre.
Did your plant underperform expectations last year? If so, you may currently be under pressure to evaluate and fix any of a mirade of possible equipment or operational issues. While it’s likely some instances of low production are due to equipment, others may simply be caused by a lack of solar resource due to cloudy weather. If your project came online last year in the U.S., it is much more likely that the low output was caused by the latter.
Congress is on the verge of a making a historic move today that will be a major boon for clean energy over the next five years and beyond.
Renewable energy companies have ‘serious lack of knowledge’ about Federal requirements to protect critical infrastructure assets.
Battery storage can help bring extra benefits to solar and need not result in high maintenance penalties, experts say.
Competitors are piling in to take advantage of a customer fallout from the merger mishap of one of America’s biggest solar monitoring companies.
This report from GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting focuses on distributed generation (DG) solar PV, which includes all PV systems connected “behind the meter,” including both residential and non-residential segments (but not utility). Operations and maintenance (O&M) and asset management encompass a variety of activities necessary to the ongoing operation of PV systems, both as power generation systems and as financial assets. The total addressable market for distributed generation O&M is forecasted to jump 38 percent in 2015, growing from 8.5 GW to 11.8 GW by the end of the year. By 2020, GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting forecast the market value to reach $803 million.
With the notable exception of Intersolar North America, it’s surprisingly rare for a major solar conference to be held here in San Francisco. So when Solarplaza extended an invitation for us to speak at its 2nd annual Solar Asset Management conference here in the city, we leapt at the opportunity.
The old argument, “Standards increased costs” is crumbling due to the crucial need to offset and dramatically reduce project risk. The growing need for effective standards coalesce as a simple fact, “How can finance and insurance underwriters determine the project risk if they have no idea of what assets consists of, and what standards were applied in the process of PV system delivery for a specific project?”
There is a growing need for agreement and improved communications with greater consistency in accurately ascertaining asset lifetime physical conditions and long-term performance. Yet, agreement on definitions and metrics often lack consistency creating unnecessary problems, challenges, issues and confusion regarding all levels of PV system delivery. This document lays out data needs from perspectives of reliability, availability, and KPIs, intended to be a precursor for standardizing terminology and data reporting, which will improve data sharing, analysis, and ultimately plant performance.
Last week solar professionals registered from 32 countries gathered for a webinar putting the use of “big data” for solar PV asset care under a microscope. Conducted on March 19 by Solar Power World, a leading industry publication, and Alectris, a global solar PV asset care provider, the webinar “Drowning in Solar Data, but Starving for Knowledge?” was an interactive format giving attendees the opportunity to express their chief complaints.
Variations of Solar Plants’ Data and Performance Still Too High for PV to be Seen as an ‘Asset Class’
The secondary market for solar PV assets has grown rapidly, without any indication of slowing down. According to Mr. David Fernandez, VP Asset and Risk Management with Terraform Power, there are plenty of assets available within the market. “I believe that the Yieldco scheme is changing the dynamic of the market, and will remain strong for quite some time. In my experience, the market is smart enough to figure out new and innovative ways of developing that are the most cost efficient, so I do not expect there to be a stoppage in the development of assets anytime soon, even after the ITC steps down to 10% at the end of 2016.” Both Mr. Fernandez and Mr. Kuhn will be speaking in depth about topics raised in this article as well as other fascinating developments regarding the secondary market for PV assets at the Solar Asset Management North America event, taking place in San Francisco, CA, USA from April 1-2, 2015.