The global solar PV industry first took off in Europe and as such, the industry that came about in order to take care of those PV plants, otherwise known as Operations and Maintenance (O&M), got a head start in Europe.
Here are five key factors shaping the differences in the U.S. and European solar PV O&M markets. Presented in a panel format, this discussion serves as a pre-cursor to the first trade event solely dedicated to solar O&M in the U.S., Solar O&M North America later this month in San Francisco.
Our five key factors emerged based on the input from our three experts:
Cedric Brehaut (left), principal consultant at SoliChamba and author of the GTM Research 2013 report, ““Megawatt-Scale PV Plant Operations and Maintenance: Services, Markets and Competitors, 2013-2017.” Brehaut has extensive experience in the solar industry and is an expert in solar PV monitoring and O&M.
Christoph Neufink (right), who has been in the solar O&M space since 2009, is the director of service at skytron energy. Birthed in the early stages of the European PV market, skytron energy has three decades of industry experience and 4.5 GW of solar under monitoring management. The company announced its first U.S. project in October, a 5.8-MW commercial PV install in Yuma, Arizona.
From the southern part of Europe, Vassilis Papaeconomou (left) brings the perspective of the independent solar O&M provider. He is the managing director of Alectris, a Greek based independent O&M firm, now making headway in the U.S. Papaeconomou’s solar experience started in 2006 on the development and construction side before moving into O&M in 2012. Alectris has nearly 100 projects under O&M management including its initial U.S. projects, 24 MW’s recently dedicated in Georgia.
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