Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants a project Developer’s Guide

India is now a hot bed for Solar globally but is quality a casualty in this race for power, use this document by IFC to ensure that quality is paramount or disaster can strike anytime.

IFC Solar PV Design Guide 2015

Table of Contents

FOREWORD 1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

1  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 3

2  PHOTOVOLTAIC(PV) PROJECT DEVELOPMENT 9

3  SOLAR PV TECHNOLOGY 23

4  THE SOLAR RESOURCE 42

5  ENERGY YIELD PREDICTION 51

6  SITE SELECTION 58

7  PLANT DESIGN 66

 

8  PERMITS,LICENSING AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS 94

 

9  EPC CONTRACTS 103

 

10  CONSTRUCTION 112

 

11  OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE 125

 

12  POLICIES AND SUPPORT MECHANISMS FOR SOLARPV 135

 

13  POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS 149

 

14  FINANCING SOLAR PV POWER PROJECTS 159

 

15  FINANCIAL ANALYSIS–PROJECT COSTS AND REVENUE 173

ANNEX1:COMMON CONSTRUCTION MISTAKES 182

ANNEX2:EPC CONTRACT HEADS OF TERMS 187

ANNEX3:O&M CONTRACT HEADS OF TERMS 192

ANNEX 4: ROOFTOP PV SYSTEMS 195

 

About Ritesh Pothan

Ritesh Pothan, is an accomplished speaker and visionary in the Solar Energy space in India. Ritesh is from an Engineering Background with a Master’s Degree in Technology and had spent more than a decade as the Infrastructure Head for a public limited company with the last 9 years dedicated to Solar and Renewable Energy. He also runs the 2 largest India focused renewable energy groups on LinkedIn - Solar - India and Renewables - India
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