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Magazine Archive 12-2017

A controlled approach

Portfolio management: Managing large and often diverse solar PV portfolios becomes far easier and more cost effective when both flexibility and a centralized point of control are available. Joe Grimes, VP of PV monitoring and asset management firm Draker/BlueNRGY, explains how portfolio growth and asset acquisitions create new challenges that require fresh solutions.

On-site, on time

Early stage O&M: In the second of its two-part series on utility-scale O&M in Latin America, EDF Renewable Services’ Nicolás Rossel shares lessons learned from the company’s experiences in Mexico, where it has found that a smooth handover from EPC provider to O&M contractor is vital for long-term plant performance.

Preparation, automation, consolidation

The future for MLPE: After a year of relatively stable prices for inverters, the next few years are likely to see the return of fierce cost reduction – which could spell trouble for the module level power electronics (MLPE) space. However, growth in this segment is expected, so how are the market leaders balancing innovation and trend adoption while shoring up their bottom lines?

Central solutions

Interview: While the recent surge of using string inverters for large-scale solar installations certainly energized the inverter industry, centralized solutions are holding firm as more and more emerging markets continue to eye huge solar farms. Zhang Lei, Chief Engineer of Chinese inverter specialist TBEA, explains the company’s strategy.

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