Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Part 1 -Solar PV Project Life Cycle and where to look for cost savings

What does it really take to build a Solar PV project in a cost effective manner? ©
Part - 1

Over the course of the next few months, the plan is to Blog the different parts of a Project Life Cycle and provide insight into areas that solar developers and integrators can look for cost reduction.

As an industry that is right now in the "calm before the storm", it is a good time to reflect on what the industry has done so far and be able to dissect and figure out what has worked and what hasn’t and hopefully learn from one another what needs to be done when the market does open up.

To this end I’d love to invite those that have been in the industry to provide your feedback and experiences to enhance the quality of the posts.

Let’s jump right in and take a look at the very first topic.

  1. Project Feasibility Analysis
    • Site Evaluation
    • Utility Rate Schedule Analysis
    • Performance estimate (energy predictions)
    • Financial ROI

To be continued...


  1. For an overview, could you describe, what are the milestones in the value chain propositions in the PV industry?

  2. It is a good idea to spread knowledge. Solar energy must be utilized for the better future.

  3. Talking about cost savings - the arrival of Lithium Ion battery technology will be the big game changer. The Tesla Powerwall is seriously impressive. I'm researching now to cover it on my site Maybe you could also include it in your evaluations? It would be great to see your opinions.