Entries by Rick Ivins

System Underperformance – Part 1: The Sun’s Potential

Modules can underperform for a variety of environmental and non-environmental factors.  With good design and operation practices we can mitigate non-environmental factors. However, we cannot control the environment. We can only predict its behavior, and in turn verify or discount its effect on under-performance. Why is this important for owners and financiers?  Knowing the true risks […]

Effects of COVID-19 on the Solar Industry

Our Chris Grablutz spends a lot of time on the phone with our clients and vendors, and he put together the common themes he is hearing on the effects of COVID19: In general, all industries have been affected in some way. Some directly affected like health care, first responders, retail, tourism, sports, and events. Help […]

3rd Party Drawing Reviews Reduce Risk

PV Pros has been helping our clients de-risk in their assets with our independent engineering and owner’s representative services. We specialize in the complex technical aspects of due diligence, allowing you to focus on the financial and management side of asset ownership. Long before a system completes construction and starts its 25+ year generation life, […]

What is Technical Debt?

Technical Debt is the cost to the system owner as a result of prior decisions made to save time or money during the engineering, procurement, or installation of a solar project. Technical Debt is a metaphor for the difference between the value you paid for the solar system and the value of the system you […]

FAQ’s About Commissioning by a 3rd Party vs the Installer

Commissioning is a formal procedure for ensuring the quality of an installation before it’s turned over to the owner. Commissioning may seem like an unnecessarily time-consuming and complex exercise, but it is a critical step in the installation process. “Fix it now for free, or pay for it later.”  Commissioning catches problems before the contractor […]