"I think we're still early days in a lot of ways for this sector," Culpepper told Renewable Energy World in an interview, estimating that about 30-40% of utility-scale solar systems in the U.S. have been thermally inspected. "We have this huge challenge in front of us (climate change), but a huge opportunity, too. By the time we're done, the planet will be better off."
The Solar Futures Study calls for the U.S. to install an average of 30 GW of solar capacity per year between now and 2025, then 60 GW per year from 2025.
Solar data analytics and monitoring firm Raptor Maps recently used its smartphone software to scan nearly 1 million module serial numbers at a 300 MW solar PV system in California. The technology is being used to track and mitigate degradation. The company also releases guides to solar PV inspections using manned and unmanned aircraft.
"Raptor Maps is excited about the Solar Futures Study as it validates the need for the industry to find solutions to help it scale," Raptor Maps CEO Nikhil Vadhavkar said. "Because our software strengthens asset efficiency, boosts staff effectiveness and ultimately lifts financial return of PV assets, we’re helping to make solar more bankable, playing an integral role in fueling the industry’s rapid growth."