EPIA in the driving seat of solar O&M guidelines to secure PV plant investments

“It is perfect timing for EPIA to take on the development of solar PV O&M best practices,” said First Solar’s Senior Director O&M EMEA, Stefan Degener
“It is perfect timing for EPIA to take on the development of solar PV O&M best practices,” said First Solar’s Senior Director O&M EMEA, Stefan Degener

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) on May 12th, 2015 announced that a solar PV Operations and Maintenance Task Force has begun work following an initial successful meeting of the parties on April 23rd.

This meeting set the ground for the achievement of promising and business relevant outcomes, EPIA emphasizes.

 

Best practice guidelines for the European PV sector

EPIA, together with its members, will develop O&M best practice guidelines for the European solar PV sector, over the second half of the year. The task force acknowledges the emerging importance of O&M to ensure the future performance of solar photovoltaics.

 

First Solar leads the task force

EPIA has brought together expert stakeholders, service providers and asset managers to drive the discussion and produce guidelines that PV plant owners, the financial community and sector can benefit from.

The task force, which is led by First Solar, includes leading solar companies with European and global activities: 3E, 7C Solarparken, Adler Solar, Alectris, DuPont, Enel Green Power, Enphase, Fortum, Lark Energy, meteocontrol, Primrose solar, Solarcentury, tco-solar, Trina Solar and UL.

“It is perfect timing for EPIA to take on the development of solar PV O&M best practices. Without appropriate and thorough O&M services PV power plant revenues are at risk,” said First Solar’s Senior Director O&M EMEA First Solar, Stefan Degener.

EPIA CEO James Watson added: “Best practices to support solar PV operations and maintenance are critically important to solar becoming a serious energy generator here in the EU and globally. Initiatives are emerging in the U.S. and other markets to aggregate industry knowledge into standardized recommendations. With our new solar PV O&M group, EPIA is leading efforts to ensure those practices are available to our sector.”

EPIA will promote these guidelines across Europe and drive the consensus process amongst high-level experts from the O&M and asset management business. The final outcome will be the adoption of the guidelines by all relevant sector stakeholders.

 

2015-05-12 | Courtesy: European Photovoltaic Industry Association; Image: Assyce Fotovoltaica S.L. | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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