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Generation Guide: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Generation Network – June 24, 2022

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Welcome to the Generation Network roundup, Generation Guide. As always, your fellow network members are paying close attention to generation and clean power trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about the true cost of solar, funding renewable energy projects, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!

 


Designing Solar Projects on Non-flat Terrain

Yezin Taha

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/o/nevados/designing-solar-projects-non-flat-terrain

In this article, Yezin Taha, CEO at Nevados Engineering, Inc. notes the value of involving racking solution suppliers in the early stages of solar array projects to optimize project results. It is especially critical for projects involving non-flat terrain. He outlines the steps involved in site design, including the development of a 2D layout and a 3D layout, leading to the identification of the appropriate technology to use and the creation of a bill of materials. From there, Yezin points out specific design decisions and how they can impact project cost and effectiveness.

 


Full Disclosure – Solar

Ed Reid

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/cp/full-disclosure-%E2%80%93-solar

In this post, Ed Reid, retired energy industry executive notes that the capacity factor for solar generation in the U.S. is 25%, so the full cost of solar generation includes operating expenses for both the solar array and the conventional generation required when solar generation is unavailable. In cases where conventional generation is retired, the cost includes energy storage. He points out that these factors make solar generation more expensive than many claims suggest.

 


Capital in a Disruptive Energy Environment

Diane Cherry

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/cp/capital-disruptive-energy-environment

In this piece, Diane Cherry, Principal at Diane Cherry Consulting, LLC notes that a number of factors — such as the unpredictability of equipment prices and rising interest rates — are contributing to challenges in lending for renewable energy projects. She describes the strategies lenders are using in this environment: finding de-risked projects, supporting diversified developers, and focusing on smaller projects.

 


5 Practical Applications of Solar Energy on Farms

Jane Marsh

Link to original article: https://energycentral.com/c/ec/5-practical-applications-solar-energy-farms

Here, Jane Marsh, Editor at Environment.co describes how the declining cost of solar is enabling more installations in the U.S. She notes that farms and agricultural businesses can take advantage of this situation to enhance their operations with solar power in several ways. They include the use of solar-powered tractors, remote sensors, floating solar panels, agrivoltaics, irrigation systems, and water pumps.  

 


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