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We will discuss how rigorously tested modules and correctly engineered system designs create a major opportunity for U.S. utility-scale developers to lower project risk and LCOE.

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Discussion participants

Daniel H.S. Chang, VP of Business Development | RETC
Greg Beardsworth, Sr. Director of Product Management | NEXTracker
Vikash Venkataramana, Technical Director – Jinko Solar (U.S.)

Moderators

Tim Sylvia, Editor | pv magazine USA
David Wagman, Senior Editor | pv magazine USA

Reducing solar project risk for extreme weather

Large format solar modules are a major trend, but not all are created equally, and can be a cause of great concern for project developers looking to have the most proven and tested hardware out in the field.

The rise of large format modules also comes at a time when developers and project owners are more conscious than ever of the extreme weather events that can compromise their assets. From hurricanes to earthquakes, fires and hail, each region and each project brings its own set of unique challenges.

However, with challenge comes innovation, and today’s leading manufacturers are producing equipment up for any challenge the weather can throw at it. By learning about the manufacturing and testing processes, as well as how these products have and continue to operate in the field, project owners and developers can have the utmost confidence in their hardware choices.

In this pv magazine Webinar, we will discuss how rigorously tested modules and correctly engineered system designs create a major opportunity for U.S. utility-scale developers to lower project risk and LCOE. Presenters Daniel Chang, Greg Beardsworth, and Vikash Venkataramana will provide unique, experienced conversation regarding the myriad aspects of weather-related project risk mitigation, as well as changes that are underway in manufacturing and testing to ensure the most resilient and reliable hardware possible.

pv magazine Webinar content

  • Changes in the pv and tracker manufacturing spaces that are being made to mitigate extreme weather damage
  • Why solar tracker wind design and durability can be optimized and compatible with LFM trend and why testing is so vital in these times
  • How to mitigate risk in project design
  • The importance of module manufacturing with any eye for reliability and durability in extreme weather conditions
  • How to be confident in hardware procurement.

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Tim Sylvia and David Wagman from pv magazine USA will be the co-moderators of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.

Speakers

Daniel H.S. Chang | VP of Business Development | RETC

Daniel Chang is the Vice President of Business Development at RETC where he is responsible for all sales and marketing activity. Daniel has over 15 years of technical sales and product management experience in the solar and semiconductor industry. Prior to joining RETC, Daniel has held roles in engineering, technical sales, and product management at First Solar, Jinko Solar Trina Solar, SunPower and Applied Materials. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Greg Beardsworth | Sr. Director of Product Management | NEXTracker

As Sr. Director of Product Management, Greg Beardsworth brings over a decade of utility-scale solar product management and engineering experience to NEXTracker. Mr. Beardsworth leads NEXTracker’s product management team driving the expansion and continued success of NEXTracker’s industry-leading solar tracker products. He is also responsible for module-tracker integration, and directs NEXTracker’s program for bifacial research, field testing and reporting. Drawing upon over 35+ GW of experience with NEXTracker and previous product roles at SunPower, Mr. Beardsworth is committed to the relentless advancement of solar energy performance, availability and installation simplicity. Mr. Beardsworth holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University.

Vikash Venkataramana | Technical Director – JinkoSolar (U.S.)

As the US Director of Product Management and Technical Services, Vikash heads the US product and technology teams at JinkoSolar. Before Jinko, Vikash was Senior Product Manager at Hanwha Q CELLS, responsible for introducing new products and technologies in the US market. Prior to Q CELLS, Vikash was the Product Manager for a metal 3D printing startup called Desktop Metal at Boston. This was after working for two different solar power companies (Sunrun and Sunpreme) in the Bay Area. At Sunrun, he was the Product Manager for the Home Energy Management product (Smart Home) and at Sunpreme he was the Product Manager for a bifacial solar cell-module product. Vikash also has a Ph. D in Physics from the University of St Andrews in the UK, besides an MBA from University of Texas.

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