A global epidemic, extreme weather, and natural disasters, political elections… all occurring in the wake of changing technologies and materials. This year, we dive into the subjects that matter most in today’s thriving U.S. solar+storage market. The editorial team of pv magazine will moderate discussions relevant to the growing market with our Virtual Roundtables USA. Providing a virtual stage for our speakers, experts can easily join in from all of the country to bring industry and market insights directly to your home.
Our first session of the day is our
11 am – 1 pm EST, New York | 8 am – 10 am PST, Los Angeles | 5 pm – 7 pm CET, Berlin
With the project lifetime of utility-scale solar power plants extending beyond 30 years– now more than ever it is important for developers and system plant owners to bring down LCOE, optimize plant performance, and ensure reliability over the full lifetime of the system. And all of this must occur against the backdrop of a changing climate with increased natural disasters.
IN THE FACE OF EXTREME WEATHER: Hail, wind, and fires
We investigate cases and present field data from weather-related damages, and dive into recent issues from the field. Investigation into changing technologies and impact resistance against hail damage – there is a balance between technology and reliability to reduce premature degradation and field failures
BUILDING RESILIENCY THROUGH MODERN O&M
Operations and maintenance is now a much more critical piece of the solar landscape and the key to long-term resilience and competitive LCOE. As grid-scale solar becomes a mature, sophisticated business — so is the modernization of the O&M segment. The O&M role in the U.S. is being increasingly contracted out to a third party – a trend typical of a maturing power industry. Insights and discussions into alliances supporting the long-term ownership challenges and opportunities ahead for a 30-year-plus asset.
Our second session of the day is our
2 pm – 4 pm EST, New York | 11 am – 1 pm PST, Los Angeles | 8 pm – 10 pm CET, Berlin
Modules aren’t the only things growing in size. Storage technologies assume a more significant role in the global transition to renewable energy, and the U.S. market is at the forefront of large-scale storage. Join talks with the analysts and industry experts surrounding the standards, trends, and forecast for America’s battery storage market. Find out the opportunities, advantages, and challenges that lie ahead for the industry’s advancing ‘bigger is better’ mindset.
WHAT STORAGE CAN LEARN FROM SOLAR
Despite the significant makeup of the United States’ battery storage market, behind-the-meter DERs are seemingly being overlooked by utilities and regulators in their capacity to provide grid services. We take a look at 2020, but also what where the market is anticipated to go in its move toward maturity
PREPARING FOR THE BIGGER MODULE FUTURE
Solar modules and wafers are trending large – in what seems to be an arms race for manufacturing the large panels. But the impacts of bigger modules fall across the industry – from solar module and inverter manufacturers to BOS and construction. Why are we moving toward larger modules & wafers and what are the advantages and challenges that lay ahead? Experts discuss.
Apart from the in-depth quality program sessions, you can also look forward to a multitude of virtual networking opportunities – no trade show halls required.
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