Mitigating Extreme Weather Risk (Part 2)

Mitigating Extreme Weather

Surviving High-Wind Events and Dynamic-Wind Effects with Differentiated Solar Project Design and Control Strategies

By Alex Roedel and James Butcher

Solar Support, a specialist in solar asset storm restoration and remediation, reports that wind effects are the root cause of most weather-related damages to utility scale PV power plants in a typical year. Though wind-related hazards are inevitable, catastrophic project losses are not. Stakeholders can mitigate these perils during project design via strategic product selection and specification.

As a leader in the global energy transition, Nextracker is committed to sharing its expertise and best practices for the benefit of industry stakeholders and strategic business partners. With nearly 50 GW of intelligent solar trackers fielded around the world since 2013, Nextracker is not only the top global tracker supplier for five years running—it is also uniquely qualified to speak to in-field reliability, performance, and risk mitigation.

In Part 2 of this two-part white paper, we demonstrated how project stakeholders can address site- and region-specific risk profiles associated with hail, flooding, snow, and extreme sand and soiling, as well as expedite plant restoration in the wake of damaging storms. Here, in Part 2, we provide actionable content that project developers, EPCs, engineers, insurers, and financiers can use to mitigate project risks associated with wind.

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