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|Best Practices in Solar PV Installation||2015-03-15||This PV Installation Best Practices Guide was developed through the Solar Access To Public Capital Installation Best Practices subcommittee, a group comprised of solar industry leaders in numerous fields of practice.|
|Best Practices in Solar PV Commissioning||2014-10-20||This document answers the question: “Am I getting the PV energy production at the time of commissioning that was promised when I made my investment decision?”|
|Best Practices in Solar PV O&M (Version 1: 2015)
|2015-03-15||This document was developed by the PV O&M Collaborative, a subgroup of the Solar Access To Public Capital initiative comprised of solar industry leaders in numerous fields of practice.|
|Best Practice in Solar PV O&M (Version 3: 2018)||2018-12-15||This guide considers Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of photovoltaic (PV) systems with the goal of reducing the cost of O&M and increasing its effectiveness. Reported O&M costs vary widely, and a more standardized approach to planning and delivering O&M can make costs more predictable.|
|Solar PV O&M Cost Model||2016-06-01||This is an Excel spreadsheet model that codifies the Best Practices in Solar PV O&M version 2. It considers a single plant only.|
|Best Practices In PV Performance Assessment
|2014-06-15||Metrics and methods to assess performance of existing systems to aid bankability of PV asset class.|
|Best Practices In Solar Performance Monitoring||2014-08-15||In the field of PV system operations, quality is determined by a) the ratio of the amount of energy harvested to the potential amount of energy available for a particular systems and b) system availability over time. This document defines methods to accurately measure actual energy harvest and the solar energy available to the plant.|
|Best Practices in Solar PV Cyber Security||2016-06-19||This document examines issues related to cyber-physical security of PV systems in residential, commercial, and utility scale applications. Recommendations are made for developers of SunSpec standard solutions.|
|Unlocking Grid Data – Enabling Data Access and Transparency to Drive Innovation in the Electric Grid||2016-12-01||Data access and transparency are foundational to unlocking innovation in the design and optimization of the modern electricity grid. This paper describes the need to increase data sharing across all aspects of grid design, planning, operations, and markets, with the goal of enabling the transformation of how energy is produced, transported and consumed.|
|SunSpec DER Information Model and UL1741 Supplement SA Interoperability Report||2016-09-01||This document describes the current state of prominent DER communication information models relative to relevant grid requirements and outlines possible updates to achieve better harmonization.|
|oSPARC Performance Ratio Data Report||2018-12-07||This article analyzes data from 2,200 photovoltaic systems collected through the Open Solar Performance and Reliability Clearinghouse (oSPARC, 2018) to draw conclusions about the measured performance of the systems, how it compares to expectations, and how wide the variation is.|
|PV System Component Fault and Failure Compilation and Analysis||2018-02-01||This report describes data collection and analysis of solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment events, which consist of faults and failures that occur during the normal operation of a distributed PV system or PV power plant. We present summary statistics from locations where maintenance data is being collected at various intervals, as well as reliability statistics gathered from that data, consisting of fault/failure distributions and repair distributions for a wide range of PV equipment types.|