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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 those 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 pioneers in the deployment of utility-scale PV projects 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 readable, jargon-free treatise on the project development issues of solar power. This is supported by in-depth analysis of solar power’s policy environment, role, science, economics, applications, history, technology, players, design issues and references.

It includes sector statistics and maps of all known existing and planned utility solar parks over 10MW, as further described here.

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Chapter headings

 

Contents

 

Foreword

Part A

Mainstream PV projects

1

Introduction: Why solar energy matters

2

Daylight to electricity: The wonder of photovoltaics

3

Economics and development of mainstream PV

4

Who and why: Structuring solar projects

5

What and where: Planning solar projects

6

Which: Selecting equipment & designing projects

7

How: Building solar projects

8

When: Operating solar projects

9

The end game: PV in the mainstream energy mix

Part B

Solar power and utility-scale PV projects

10

Business: Meet the experts in mainstream PV

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 in the real world

15

Operating risk – Best practice; precautionary tales

16

Project risk – finance, structuring & development

17

Commercial risk – dealing in the energy market

18

Regulatory risk – Those pesky politicians

Part C

Reference section

 

Notes and references

 

Photographs, diagrams, tables and boxes

 

Glossary, units, conversions and standards

 

International solar and energy statistics

 

Further reading – publications and websites

 

Acknowledgements and interviews

 

Topic index

The first and only book on utility solar

Author: Philip Wolfe

Publisher: Earthscan / Routledge

The author at Gut Erlasee solar park