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Smarter utility-scale solar construction with digital tools

In this pv magazine Webinar, we will discuss how market participants can better manage their construction projects using data to track progress, identify deviations from construction designs, and collaborate with third parties.


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Innovation in AI, data analysis and digitization has been underway in the solar market for the last few years. However, in 2023, the US solar market is projected to deploy more than 30 GW of installed capacity thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act, rendering the adoption of new and better processes around solar a necessity. Additionally, the deployment of increasingly larger utility solar projects and a looming labor shortage in the solar sector makes the need to accelerate the use of digital tools a more urgent priority.

This current situation creates opportunities for new, smarter solar software that can revolutionize development and construction: Geolocated handheld apps improve quality assurance inspections; AI tools use aerial footage to monitor construction more efficiently; digitization and software facilitate management of contractors. In addition, this creates the baseline for long-term condition monitoring, which enables better and faster decision-making. Data analytics taking place across the entire life cycle of the solar site allows project owners to gain deeper understanding of their assets all along its life cycle.

In this pv magazine Webinar, our initiative partner Above will shine light on how market participants can better manage their construction projects using data to track progress, identify deviations from construction designs, and collaborate with third parties. Digitizing the project drives down cost, streamlines communication and improves build quality which benefits contractors, developers, utilities, investors, and O&M providers alike.

James Pagonis, vice president of sales, North America for Above, will showcase how Above’s Digital Construction Management Solution assists projects in the US sized at 5 MW and 100+ MW, as well as detail which end users, use cases, and state markets will benefit from the software tool. Attendees will learn first-hand how users across the US solar market are ​using​ data to better understand the condition of solar asset portfolios captured by Above.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • How adoption of innovation in AI and digitization have affected the solar industry in the past and will continue to do so in the future
  • How issues in the early construction stages of utility-scale solar plants (5MW+) magnify with current growth projections, a problem also known as technical debt
  • Address how deployment of new technologies improves early-stage construction processes for evaluation via topographic scans.
  • How Above’s digital construction-captured data streamlines project development functions, drives down cost and improves quality
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Tristan Rayner, editor at pv magazine, and Michael Schoeck, associate editor at pv magazine USA, will be the co-moderators of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.


James Pagonis | Vice President of Sales – North America, Above

James Pagonis has extensive experience as a senior executive working in clean energy software and project development. He also has led construction management and procurement efforts at utility-scale solar development companies. As the Director of Product and later Sales and Strategic Partnerships for PowerHub, he grew a platform from an idea to a 50 person staff that handled clients with more than 8 GW of power assets worldwide before the company’s sale in September 2019. Prior, he managed operations and procurement for a utility solar developer, where he oversaw seven operational projects from greenfield development to construction and commercial operations. In his spare time, he was chair of the Canadian Solar Industries Association’s large-scale PV Caucus. Currently James is the VP of Sales for Above helping clients get more power from data, especially with Above’s Digital Construction Management Solution.


Tristan Rayner | Editor, pv magazine

After studying Electrical Engineering, Tristan Rayner turned his attention to editorial roles. Prior to joining pv magazine in 2020, he was managing editor and founding editor of culture, tech and sport publications in Australia, and later contributed to publications including Android Authority, AFP, ZDNet, and YouTube channel The Friday Checkout, among other roles.

Michael Schoeck | Associate Editor, pv magazine USA

Michael joined pv magazine USA in November 2022. He has been reporting on the U.S. solar, distributed energy, power and utility markets since 2014 and previously reported on M&A, private equity and energy technology start-up companies.

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