Ensuring the maximum longevity of a utility-scale solar installation remains a top priority for every project stakeholder. The longer the assumed PV system’s expected useful life, the better the chances for achieving a return on investment (ROI) and further enhancing the project’s long-term profitability.
Currently, the expected project-life assumptions for the useful life of utility-scale solar plants has extended from 21.5 years in 2007 to 32.5 years in 2019. This data comes from the “Benchmarking Utility-Scale PV Operational Expenses and Project Lifetimes” report published by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy.
这一爆发的主要贡献因素是预期的经营支出（OPEX）的显着下降。项目寿命和OPEX的改进有助于降低2007 - 2009年建立的项目305 / MWH的能源（LCoE）的平均升级成本（2019年）。
Even with this good news in place, there are still ways that project stakeholders can further increase the useful life of a project while continuing to drive down LCOE.
What EPCs and Project Developers Can Do
Utility-scale EPCs and developers need to ensure projects operate at optimal efficiency to reach the longest utility plant life possible. This helps keep down the system’s LCOE while increasing the potential for project profitability.
In order to remain competitive, extend useful life and decrease OpEx, utility-scale EPCs and project developers can take several steps.
Optimize system performance
Secure industry-leading warranties
Having modules or components reach their end of life before the PV power plant can inhibit system performance and shorten the project’s useful life. Thankfully, industry-leading module and component warranties can help guarantee the project continues generating renewable energy for as long as the warranties last.
Perform regular O&M
Partner with an all-in-one smart solar solution provider
TrinaPro, the all-in-one smart solar solution, helps make it easier for EPCs and project developers. With seamless procurement, optimized component interoperability and smart O&M services, the TrinaPro Solution delivers project success through lower LCOE and higher power gains. Collectively, these services can potentially help EPCs and project developers extend the useful life for utility-scale solar installations. Achieving maximum project lifespan helps expand value for financiers and provides a greater potential for profitability.
This is the second part of a four-part series on utility-scale solar opportunities. Check back soon for more expert insight into this growing sector.
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