#smarterpower (blog)

Seven Considerations When Deciding To Repower (Or Repair)

August 2, 2017

By Jeremy Tchou, Gill Howard Larsen & Emil Moroz The following is an excerpt of the full article that can be found here. It will...

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Pyranometers versus reference cells for solar monitoring

July 10, 2017

As the solar industry gains momentum, there is an increasing need for on-site resource monitoring using pyranometers and reference cells. Peter N. Johnson of AWS...

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Offshore Wind Versus Solar in the Eastern US: An Unexpected Rivalry

June 22, 2017

Less than a decade ago, offshore wind energyand solar PV were similarly priced energy sources. Unsubsidized installed costs for both exceeded $5 per watt, or more than double...

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Wind Energy Production Estimates: Moving Beyond Time Averages

November 17, 2016

No need to be a statistician to see that averages are often useful to compare different things. And yet, they often fall short as a true measure of performance...But averages can also hide important information. For example, Roger Federer had a better average record than Rafael Nadal at the peak of their professional tennis careers. And yet, Nadal almost always beat Federer on clay, and won the majority of their matches overall. So, which player was “better”?

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Comments on the First Renewable Auction in Argentina

September 8, 2016

Last Monday, September 5th was the deadline for renewable energy developers and independent power producers to present their technical and financial offers to the first Argentinean renewable auction. The first auction process, under the name “RenovaAr-1” tendered 1000MW of renewable capacity including 600MW of wind and 300MW of utility scale solar PV. The participation was a success with a PV+Wind combined capacity demand of 6,3GW, or 10 times the capacity offered in the first tender including 49 wind projects and 58 PV plants.

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PTC Safe Harbor Clause: What you do now will benefit you later

August 29, 2016

Recently, I have been asked more and more about planning and strategy for Production Tax Credit (“PTC”) qualification under the 5% spending safe harbor clause. Due to the PTC “sunset” for wind farms over the next few years, it has become increasingly important for developers to qualify for the PTC before the end of 2016.

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