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2008 performance analysis of a large scale grid connected solar system
Author(s): Amine Alami; Robert Batista; David Williams
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Paper Abstract

Completed in December of 2007, the 14 MW photovoltaic power plant located at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada was the largest operational photovoltaic plant in North America, and as of June, 2009, it continues to be the largest plant in operation in North America. An analysis on system availability and weather variability was conducted to assess the impact of these factors on the overall system performance. Additionally, the plant is composed of two types of single-axis tracking systems and a variety of module technologies which has allowed for a direct comparison of their performance. Overall the plant performed above expectations for 2008, and through an analysis of the above factors, it has been concluded that they all affect the system performance on varying scales. However, the plant's availability is the largest controllable area for improvement in the plant's capacity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2009
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7412, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems II, 74120F (20 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.824844
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Amine Alami, Renewable Ventures, a Fotowatio Co. (United States)
Robert Batista, Renewable Ventures, a Fotowatio Co. (United States)
David Williams, Renewable Ventures, a Fotowatio Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7412:
Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems II
Neelkanth G. Dhere; John H. Wohlgemuth; Dan T. Ton, Editor(s)

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