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25 Oct 2018

2018 marks 10 years delivering Solar Services worldwide

This year is the 60th anniversary of Pöyry’s foundation, but also marks the company reaching another milestone: celebrating 10 years serving clients in the photovoltaic sector. Pöyry Italy entered the solar market back in 2008 and has since delivered over 120 projects; cumulative installed capacity of about 15 GW.

With experience in about 25 countries worldwide with over 50 clients, delivering the following main services:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Technical Due Diligences
  • Generation Forecasts
  • Lender’s Technical Advisory Services
  • Owner’s Engineer Services
  • Issuing of the needed documentation for plants’ authorisation

Capitalising on the Italian government’s incentives approved in 2008 (Italy is one of the most active countries in Europe in terms of PV development), we have since then kept increasing our knowledge and serving clients including from countries such as South Africa, on behalf of several Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Projects (REIPPP) bids.

Clients’ projects faced many challenging situations which we are proud to have helped overcome, including:

  • Construction delays due to ramming issues for the installation of the supporting structures
  • Underperformance of the O&M Contractor with consequent substitution
  • Technological analysis of Snail Trail issue with thermal camera
  • Evaluation of thin film technology
  • Technological assessment about PV modules’ booster reliability
  • Forecasts with bifacial modules
  • Problem Analysis on the flexible thin film used in PV modules for rooftop installations with a research of an alternative manufacturer for their substitution
  • Analysis of experimental PV plant with floating system structures
  • Technical analysis of possible installation of a plant in a landfill

Many clients return to Pöyry for our expertise, due to the strong, reliable and long-lasting relationships we have built over the last decade.

In the past ten years the photovoltaic market has grown substantially as costs have decreased dramatically. When we started working in this sector, PV technology development was possible only in those countries where government incentives were in place, but nowadays PV plants in grid parity can be developed in all countries with high irradiance.

Just to give an idea of the PV market’s change, the EPC Contract market price’s evolution for utility scale plants (> 1 MWp) indicates a decrease of more than 80% between 2006 and 2018. Pöyry analysis indicates further annual reduction of the EPC costs of the utility scale PV plants between 2 – 4 % per year in the coming 10 years.

Moreover, the use of batteries has increased considerably in PV technology and also for standalone plants, due to continuing decreases in costs. The most common applications of this hybrid system can be found in the mining sector and also on small islands. In the latter case, diesel generators are highly widespread with consequent uncertainty of the local utilities’ business models due to the unstable price of fuel and the high costs for transportation. This system can be also promoted and applied in large regions where renewable power generation is higher. However, local incentives are currently still essential to compete with conventional power generation systems.

Rapid digitalisation is allowing operators to perform greater analysis of the plant’s performance (e.g. monitoring of performance up to the single string or the single module depending on the size of the plant) or more efficient and faster on site analysis (e.g. thermal camera analysis of the plant or overview of the plant area with drones). This was unthinkable only a few years ago.

Furthermore, new technologies (e.g. hybrid systems, digitalisation, etc.) will help the PV market to expand into new countries and sectors where it was simply not feasible a few years ago.

These figures on the Photovoltaic (PV) technologies’ development are very encouraging if we consider their relevance also from a climate change perspective. The generation of energy from solar technologies has zero greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and zero environmental impacts (if we exclude some emissions during the manufacturing and dismantling phase of the solar systems) and can therefore contribute to achieve the global climate goals.

Pöyry is proud to make its experience available and is looking forward to contributing to the preparation of a more sustainable clean energy future.

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Contact information

Maurizio Parodi
Project Manager, Renewables