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Shade modeling for utility-scale PV plants: Why it matters and what you should do about it

About this event

The utility-scale PV market is poised for exponential growth and yet the industry still has many fundamental opportunities to improve on standards and best practice. Tracker shade loss is one of those topics that deserve more attention, but it has been typically handled by derate factors rather than trying to accurately forecast the loss over the life of the system. This has led to a majority of projects in the industry underperforming against plant yield expectations and yet the low hanging fruit of more accurate financial modeling of plants is not being explored.

The industry needs to take a closer look at shade modeling, as project portfolios are primed to grow in number and investors and owners need scalable ways to reduce risk and be able to rely on the forecast return on investment.

Join Nextracker experts Aron Dobos and Neelesh Umachandran, together with DNV's Senior Engineer for Solar Technology, MinWah Leung, for a webinar about why shade modeling matters, with recommendations on what the solar industry should do about it




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  • Guest speaker
    Aron Dobos Director, Software Product Management @ Nextracker

    For nearly nine years he led the development of the System Advisor Model (SAM) and PVWatts photovoltaic modeling software and solar modeling algorithms at NREL. He joined Nextracker in May 2021, to help further build out Nextracker’s market leading digital tracker technologies.

  • Guest speaker
    Neelesh Umachandran Performance Engineer, Product Management @ Nextracker

    Neelesh currently leads product validation and performance characterization of NX’s advanced tracker controls system - TrueCapture™. Neelesh has in-depth experience in PV system performance modeling and operational data analysis of PV systems.

  • Guest speaker
    MinWah Leung Senior Engineer, Solar Technology @ DNV

    MinWah's current role focuses on technical reviews of module, inverter, and mounting systems to assess long-term performance and reliability. Her broad range of expertise spans energy modelling, solar design & installation, field inspections, and performance analyses.

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