Effective Solar Resource Methodologies for Sustainable PV Applications

  • David S. RennéEmail author


Through focused R&D efforts, favorable policies, and access to private capital financing, solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies have experienced phenomenal growth in the marketplace during the past three decades. During this time, the global installed capacity of PV has doubled every 3–4 years, so that at the time of this writing, global capacity is approaching 300 GW [1]. This growth is attributed to the positive feedback cycle of improved efficiencies and reliability resulting from public and private R&D investments, which brings down the commercial costs and promotes positive policy making to further expand markets and encourage new investments. One major factor in stimulating the growth of this key carbon-free technology has been the constant improvement in understanding of the solar resource available to these technologies. Solar resource availability and its characteristics are among the most important factors to be considered as further investments are contemplated. During the past three decades, as R&D in improving cell and panel efficiencies and reliability has paid dividends, so has the concurrent R&D in improving our understanding of the solar “fuel” available to these technologies. This understanding not only provides guidance on optimal sites for which to install systems but also on how to optimize the design and operation of systems at any site.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dave Renné Renewables, LLCBoulderUSA

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