24 - 28 October 2016 • Marina Bay Sands Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore
The distributed solar industry in China is growing fast but is incredibly fragmented and lacks any real trust. Distributed rooftop solar projects below 2mw are virtually forgotten, there is no way to easily compare one EPC with another and the credit risk for investors is still quite high resulting in high costs of capital.
We will take an in-depth look at the industry’s pain points and figure out how to overcome these challenges by consolidating players in the industry, automating information gathering, standardizing documentation, better qualifying leads and creating strict criteria to measure EPC companies.
It is estimated that the global PV installed capacity at the end of 2015 is 241GW. This total is expected to reach 310GW at the end of 2016. The question often asked is whether all this PV is producing the amount of energy expected by the system owner?
The provision of quality, reliable PV systems requires product standards; installation standards; quality third party accredited training programs for the installers and system operators; and certification programs for the installers and operators.
However the implementation alone of the standards and training is not sufficient. Independent inspections of systems must form part of this quality review process. This presentation will show why these actions are so necessary for the PV industry. An overview of the product and installation standards developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee 82 will be included. Case Studies will be provided from work undertaken in Africa, Asia and the Pacific will describe what is required for the delivery of quality training programmes
As part of the Housing and Development Board's (HDB) efforts to bring sustainable living to its residents, HDB embarked on the Solar Capability Building Programme (SCBP) in 2009 to spearhead research and development of solar PV in Singapore. Once the technical feasibility of the solar PV panels was established for Singapore's local context, HDB worked together with the solar industry to develop the Solar Leasing business model for large-scale deployment, where solar PV developers are engaged by HDB to build, own, operate and maintain the solar PV systems while recovering their investment from the sale of solar energy. The huge success of the Solar Leasing model spurred a Whole-of-Government initiative known as the SolarNova Programme, to roll out solar PV in public buildings across Singapore, with HDB leading the front in this effort as the central government procuring agency for solar PV systems.