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The solar photovoltaic (PV) asset management and performance conference held recently in newport beach, california, was a watershed for the solar industry, reflecting both the shifting focus of a maturing technology sector how to get rid of ants in your house fast and the healthy debate taking place around key issues.

Up until now, conversations at industry events typically centered on getting equipment into how to get rid of ants in your house fast the ground. At this event, we turned our attention to ensuring that what we put how to get rid of ants in your house fast in the ground stays in the ground and continues to how to get rid of ants in your house fast perform at expected levels throughout its useful lifespan.

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Tackling AM and O&M was also a new direction for the conference organizers, the solar electric power association (SEPA) and the solar energy industries association (SEIA) — and another sign of industry evolution. In a PV context, “asset management” refers to the tracking and evaluation of a project’s commercial and administrative functions to ensure optimal financial performance, while O&M focuses more on maximizing energy production.

The complex relationship between these two areas was also reflected how to get rid of ants in your house fast in the broad range of stakeholders at the event — from developers, financiers, and project owners to hardware and software manufacturers, utilities and independent power producers. The conference drew close to 200 attendees, all with questions to raise and insights to share.

Asset management professionals said they have experienced pushback about setting how to get rid of ants in your house fast high levels of control and performance requirements that — in industry parlance — “suck the value out of a solar PV project.” in other words, up-front requests for project monitoring and control systems or other how to get rid of ants in your house fast O&M strategies — incorporating them in the planning process — could enhance long-term performance, but potentially reduce profit.

On a more basic level, to roll or not to roll a truck was another how to get rid of ants in your house fast much-debated topic. What is a reasonable or acceptable time frame for letting how to get rid of ants in your house fast a performance alarm flash its ominous red warning before actually how to get rid of ants in your house fast deploying a maintenance crew to the field to address the how to get rid of ants in your house fast issue? Maybe you wait for four or five of these red how to get rid of ants in your house fast flags or until the customer raises concerns about the system’s performance. Maybe you even wait until the project dips below its how to get rid of ants in your house fast promised monthly output for a few months, but not enough to throw off performance for the entire how to get rid of ants in your house fast year.

In many cases, as we heard from conference participants, these decisions, once again, come down to the trade-off between cost to perform O&M work and the benefit of enhanced system output. More kilowatt hours produced mean more revenues generated.

Although most conference attendees could agree that what they want how to get rid of ants in your house fast is to maximize project value, they had different definitions of “maximized value” and how to achieve it. The missing but defining ingredient seems to be “duration” — how long a project can perform at a certain predetermined how to get rid of ants in your house fast level, taking into account expected system degradation and the resulting incremental how to get rid of ants in your house fast drop in output.

Generally, developers and infrastructure builders and providers have shorter-term expectations for solar projects, less than 10 years. But financiers, owners, and offtakers — that is, the utilities or third parties buying the power — are in for the long haul, up to 20 years or the entire asset lifetime, a critical point more fully discussed below.

Of all the stakeholders in the solar AM and O&M space, the financier’s point of view typically has not been included in how to get rid of ants in your house fast many conversations until now. But their need for more predictable financial performance goes hand how to get rid of ants in your house fast in hand with longer-term projections of project output, which in turn could better mitigate risks.

Some lively arguments took place between utility executives and solar how to get rid of ants in your house fast developers on the value of investing in highly reliable modules how to get rid of ants in your house fast and inverters that are built to last through the term how to get rid of ants in your house fast of the a power purchase agreement (PPA). Some PPA offtakers questioned whether it is in their best how to get rid of ants in your house fast interest to invest in an asset intended to last 30 how to get rid of ants in your house fast years when the pace of technological improvements may mean the how to get rid of ants in your house fast equipment will be dated in a few years. Do you really need to invest in panels from a how to get rid of ants in your house fast top-of-the-line PV manufacturer, or just plan for replacement at year 10? Some of this uncertainty may be understandable since utilities are how to get rid of ants in your house fast more familiar with the technologies for coal and natural gas how to get rid of ants in your house fast plants, which are not evolving at the same speed or in how to get rid of ants in your house fast the same ways as solar.

In some cases, O&M managers seemed okay with keeping an eye on the how to get rid of ants in your house fast bigger picture — system level — rather than stressing about potential, more minute failure points. Soiling of panels happens, as do critters, such as fire ants, and taller-than-expected weeds. A number of counter arguments were raised, calling for more detailed instrumentation and using string-level inverters instead of utility-scale inverters to minimize the impacts of these risks.

More signs of solar industry evolution surfaced during discussions on how to get rid of ants in your house fast O&M best practices and opportunities for process improvement. System design and specification should go hand in hand with how to get rid of ants in your house fast defining a system’s O&M needs in terms of planned useful life and expected how to get rid of ants in your house fast output, especially for large-scale PV projects.

These discussions reflected a desire to have both unified standards how to get rid of ants in your house fast and continuity for monitoring and communication tools and well-defined best practices for the full life cycle of a how to get rid of ants in your house fast project, from contract to decommissioning. The focus on how to best decommission these projects once how to get rid of ants in your house fast they’ve outlived their usefulness was the most telling sign of how to get rid of ants in your house fast an industry moving toward technological maturity.

Yet another significant aspect of the discussions about standards was how to get rid of ants in your house fast who the most avid supporters were — most frequently, those entities rescuing stranded assets in the field or buying how to get rid of ants in your house fast out contracts after year six of operation, once the systems have been fully depreciated. These brave souls — such as utilities and private investors — often didn’t design the systems or originally guarantee their output, but they must now find a way to ensure the how to get rid of ants in your house fast project’s optimal value.

They may also need to figure out how to interact how to get rid of ants in your house fast with defunct proprietary monitoring hardware and software or whether they how to get rid of ants in your house fast need to replace some or all of the panels or how to get rid of ants in your house fast inverters no longer under warranty. With their sights on long-term project viability, these stalwarts of the solar industry are the ones who how to get rid of ants in your house fast will carry us to the next level of technology innovation how to get rid of ants in your house fast and keep us relevant as an industry that can be how to get rid of ants in your house fast counted on to deliver the electricity that was promised.

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