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How to Spot a Faulty Solar Performance Model

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How to Spot a Faulty Solar Performance Model

Many solar developers assume that all solar performance models are created equal.

However, many different solar performance models are available, and using the wrong one can damage your chances at closing a project, or expose you to liability you may not realize.

Getting the model right matters for solar developers for a number of reasons, including the risk of over-promising if a model fails to show important design faults that will hamper performance. What’s more, some developers are not able to tune their numbers to win the deal, while others aren’t getting enough credit for the good work they are already doing.

This pv magazine Webinar explains how solar projects can become constrained, and developers outright burned, by using the wrong solar performance model when generating sales proposals. We’ll go in depth into the pros and cons of different performance modeling approaches, identify where each one has blind spots, and show how to spot modeling-related shortcuts in a competitor’s bid.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • Overview of different modeling approaches
  • Pros & cons of each approach
  • How industry technology trends are intersecting the latest developments in performance models
  • Key factors driving temperature loss, and how to communicate that effectively
  • How different PV modules perform based on their cell type and other physics
  • Why some types of inverter clipping losses are upwards of 10 times more critical than others
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. David Wagman, Senior Editor at pv magazine USA will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.

Speakers

Paul Grana | Co-founder, Folsom Labs

Paul Grana is the co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Folsom Labs. He holds and SB in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Moderators

David Wagman | Senior Editor, pv magazine

David Wagman is a senior editor at pv magazine USA. David is a seasoned energy journalist and editor. His career includes work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and in leadership roles on leading energy industry trade publications, conferences and websites. He holds a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning.