• Solar asset optimisation, including examples of the techniques currently used by owners to maximise the technical and financial performance of their portfolios
• O&M selection and how to get the best out of your new contract
• Warranty expiration: Where and when will the contracts expire and the factors that must be considered in the negotiation process.
• Repowering: When is the right time to do this and where are the new opportunities to win business?
• Reflections on the last 5 years of solar farm operations. What has been successful? What lessons have we learned? What would we do differently?
• What innovations are on the horizon in solar O&M that could bring about the next step change in performance and /or cost? How will the automation revolution change O&M? How can we accelerate these changes?
• How important is the relationship with equipment OEMs? How can collaboration with OEMs enhance value during repowering?
Interactive discussion with slides, followed by audience debate.
There is increasing disquiet in the solar industry about cold calls to domestic owners of solar PV installations, wrongly telling them their solar installer has gone out of business, their inverter is out of warranty and they could lose Feed in Tariff payments. The callers sometimes pose as the manufacturer of the equipment which they say will increase energy yield by ‘up to 25%’. This panel will ask whether this is something that the industry should address, and look at what could be done to protect consumers and the reputation of the industry.
What’s been uncovered and what’s happening?
What’s the real likely lifespan of your inverters and what difference would exchanging them really make?
• Which countires shall deliver of stability and growth?
• Newest auctions: Spain and France
• What capacity is left for support mechanisms in Europe?
• Looking beyond the FiT to subsidy free business models, success stories in the open market