PVMC SPO programs strive to reduce O&M cost and to improve the ability to predict the performance of PV systems.
PVMC will analyze your system data, provide periodic health reports and make recommendations for O&M actions. This is a continuous improvement process and requires on-site validation. Partners will use this analysis to implement more efficient O&M practices, and improved system designs, thus reducing risk in the ability to deliver long-term contractual performance from the arrays. The impact of these improvements will be clear in each system owner’s financial statement. Better system design translates into higher confidence in predicted power production, leading to lower insurance costs and lower initial cost of ownership. Improved operations and maintenance protocols will change the maintenance model from a reactive model to a predictive model, in turn lowering O&M costs and increasing system owners return on investment (ROI).
The PVMC Data Center is a repository of PV data generated from many geographically dispersed sites. There is a tremendous value hidden in the large data sets. Partners can work with PVMC and leverage the Data Center to develop or improve DER or data monitoring platforms, or to validate new innovations.
Partners are able to leverage indoor and outdoor PVMC facilities to characterize PV modules and BOS components. PVMC is able to determine input coefficients for PAN files, and can also validate partner PAN files.
Errors in PV performance prediction may occur when using off-site or historically averaged weather data, or when spectral influences are not considered. In addition, lack of DC side monitoring becomes an issue. PVMC is working to reduce these errors. PVMC is able to work with partners to benchmark or validate the performance of their systems or products.
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