Category: Utility Scale Generation
Despite the solar industry’s success in scaling manufacturing and drastically reducing the cost of photovoltaic modules, utilities, EPCs, and project developers are increasingly focused on improving system performance and overall performance in order to compete with other sources of generation on an equal footing. Solar projects using cutting edge technologies, like bifacial modules, have dropped the levelized cost of electricity, and now the biggest barrier to grid parity for utility-scale photovoltaic plants is not technology, but rather soft costs.
However, deploying quality bifacial modules on a large-scale is not straightforward. By harvesting light from previously inaccessible areas, utility-scale solar farms with bifacial modules significantly outperform their counterparts in energy yield and offer improved system reliability; but at the same time, these arrays introduce a new host of engineering requirements, creating an added layer of complexity. Accelerating the widespread adoption of bifacial modules depends on educating stakeholders and gathering quality data to guide decision making.
This presentation will review bifacial deployment best practices and educate developers on how to maximize the potential of this technology. With a rapidly changing module market, project developers stand to gain significant LCOE improvements by engaging in a data-driven discussion about the engineering challenges and performance variables affecting bifacial photovoltaics.
With several high performing bifacial products on the market, LONGi is well suited to lead the discussion. LONGi’s industry-leading bifacial offerings result in a 10 to 25 percent higher yield at a similar cost as monofacial modules. Additionally, its bifaciality factor is upwards of 75 percent, and its modules use glass lamination to prolong lifespan and decrease maintenance costs.
With several projects in operation, and as one of the largest suppliers of bifacial modules, LONGi Solar will discuss data collected from these installations and address concerns about cost, project applicability, and the viability of using bifacial modules in large-scale solar projects. LONGi Solar contributed 20 MW of bifacial modules to a 71 MW bifacial project in China – currently the largest bifacial power plant in the world. It shipped 100 MW of bifacial modules in 2017 and has seen a dramatic increase in demand for the bifacial modules. This presentation will shine light on bifacial technology as it emerges as an industry standard and changes the value proposition of solar.
Hongbin Fang– Director of Product and Technology, LONGi Solar