Utility PV book

Pioneering renewable energy for business and communities & more

Pioneering renewable energy for business and communities & more

Utility-scale solar power

This was the first book published about this rapidly developing sector of the global energy market

Cost learning curves (Fig 3.1 from the book)

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Published 2012 by Earthscan, part of Routledge (Taylor & Francis)

Solar Photovoltaic Projects in the mainstream power market

Well before the end of this century, solar power will be the world’s dominant energy source, according to renewable energy pioneer, Philip Wolfe. And the coming decade will start the transition to the high growth phase as prices fall and regulatory drivers increase.

This is the first book to focus on the development of solar systems for merchant power delivery into the grid. It is a key reference for those structuring, developing and backing megawatt-scale solar power projects during this exciting stage. It is a manual for people with a commercial, professional, financial, engineering or political interest in the sector, rather than a textbook for specialists or scientists.

Terrestrial solar power applications are still less than fifty years old. The author uses interviews with solar pioneers to highlight the key issues and describe how we got to where we are, what we have learnt along the way, and where this can lead in the future.

The book is a concise, readable, jargon-free treatise on the project development issues of solar power. It is supported by more detailed analysis of solar power’s policy environment, role, science, economics, applications, history, technology, players, design issues and references for those who wish to explore in greater detail.

The book includes maps of all known existing and planned utility solar parks over 10MW, and the mapping has subsequently been maintained and updated by Wiki-Solar.

Reviews:

Mongabay; "a wealth of knowledge ground-truthed by stories of what has worked and what has failed"

Amazon; "integrated, clear and concise"

LoveReading: "the best book and most easily assessable book available"

This book is available from:

The publishers; good book retailers such as Waterstones Lavoisier, and W H Smith; Ebay, Amazon and other online sources

Chapter headings

 

Preface

Part 1

Mainstream photovoltaic projects

1

Introduction: Why energy matters

2

Light to electricity: the wonder of photovoltaics

3

Economics and development of solar power

4

Who and why: Structuring solar projects

5

What and where: Planning solar projects

6

Which: Selecting equipment & designing projects

7

How: Building projects

8

When: Operating solar projects

9

The endgame: PV in the mainstream energy mix

Part 2

Solar power and utility-scale projects

10

Business: Meet the experts

11

Geography: Utility-scale plants around the world

12

History: Some solar park project case studies

13

Science: More about how photovoltaics works

14

Technology risk: solar power in the real world

15

Operational: best practice; precautionary tales

16

Project risk: Finance, structuring & development

17

Commercial risk: Dealing in the energy market

18

Regulatory risk: Those pesky politicians

 

Reference section

 

Glossary

 

Units, conversion factors, norms & standards

 

International solar and energy statistics

 

Acknowledgements & interviews

 

List of illustrations and notes

 

Bibliography and webography

 

Index

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