PV systems performance and reliability data are key to assessing the status and needs of the technology.This effort is closely linked to Sandia’s reliability database and other sources of systems data, with the long-term goal of establishing a national data center for PV systems that may in part guide decisions on systems development and program emphasis. This task supports installation of data acquisition equipment on PV installations, and providing the means for making this information and data products available on-line for public access.
The SERES continues aggressive efforts in the collection, processing and archiving of performance, reliability and cost information for PV installations in the Florida photovoltaic buildings and schools programs, as well as other applications installed through the RUS and partnerships with utilities in the NW and other states and programs. Special emphasis is placed on analysis of this information, and creating useful on-line resources, tools and data products for industry, utilities end-users and other stakeholders. FSEC’s PV system database will continue to be developed and updated to include all pertinent systems information, including owner information, system and equipment data, costs and maintenance requirements, reliability and performance data.
For additional information on PV SERES system monitoring efforts, please see: http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/pvt/pvdb.htm