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Design & Installation
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Nate Goodell, PE, Dave Tedeyan, Gordon Woodcock
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When done correctly, PV system-commissioning activities ensure customer satisfaction, project safety and longevity, while adding very little in terms of time and cost. Commissioning agents can prove that a system is working as promised, set performance baselines and verify that it is properly documented. In return, this modest investment greatly facilitates future operations and management activities. We provide an overview of key precommissioning activities based on our experiences as a...

Operations & Maintenance
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Katherine Jordan, Michael Deceglie, Chris Deline, Dirk Jordan
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The degradation rate (Rd) quantifies the rate at which PV systems or modules lose performance over time. Rd values not only drive the results of long-term energy production estimates for financial projections and other studies, but also help provide consumers and investors with an indicator of PV system quality and durability. In this article, we provide an introduction to RdTools, a free and publicly available software package intended to help users evaluate Rd more easily and quickly. One of...

Operations & Maintenance
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Nikhil Vadhavkar
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Drones are reducing labor costs, maximizing performance and providing granular insights for PV systems. In addition to enabling the taking of aerial photos, they support aerial thermography, capturing PV system performance data with thermal infrared (IR) cameras.

Project Profiles
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SolarPro Staff
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The San Jose Environmental Innovation Center (EIC) brings environmental and economic benefits to the region. The PV system supports a center that represents Sun Light & Power’s values of community, environmentalism and sustainability.

Project Profiles
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SolarPro Staff
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The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA), which provides utility services for the Nation, contracted Isolux Corsan as the EPC firm to oversee the installation of this landmark 37.6 MWdc project.

Industry Interviews
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SolarPro Staff
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Amanda Bybee serves as the CEO of the new Amicus O&M Cooperative. Their aim was to fill a specific solar industry need: providing streamlined, cost-effective O&M services to ensure that solar PV systems fulfill their performance expectations over the short and long term.

Product Launches
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SolarBOS introduced its AC Combiner product family in September 2016 and has continued to refine and expand the line’s functionality and available options.

Product Launches
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Soligent’s network of 5,000 installers began deploying Solaria’s new high-power 350 W STC module on residential rooftops during Q1 this year.

Product Launches
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The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is hosting its seventh annual continuing education conference March 19–22 at the Conference & Event Center in Niagara Falls, New York.

Product Launches
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Enphase Energy recently announced the introduction of its seventh-generation Enphase IQ microinverters, a central component of its Enphase Home Energy Solution.