Alectris at SolarPower Summit 2017

Vassilis Papaeconomou of Alectris moderated the panel “Operations and Maintenance” at the 12th annual SolarPower Summit, 7 – 8 March 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. The event was held by SolarPower Europe. Vassilis is the SolarPower Europe O&M working group leader. The working group recently published its first O&M Best Practices Guidelines.

The round table provided participants with an overview of the importance of best practices of O&M and the activities SolarPower Europe has planned for 2017. For example, in 2017, SolarPower Europe is looking to further improve and disseminate these Guidelines in Europe and in emerging markets like India and Africa. It is also leading the O&M working stream of the Solar Energy Standardisation Initiative (SESI), a joint initiative of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Terawatt Initiative (TWI). The objective of SESI’s O&M working stream is to develop freely available O&M template contracts. The round table will also give attendees an opportunity to share their expectations and experience regarding O&M.

“There are three major points that need special attention and focus from the task force. These are awareness, dissemination, and adoption of the Guidelines,” said Papaeconomou.  “The O&M round table debate at SolarPower Summit provides us with a discussion forum to gather specific input as we shape version 2.0 in the months ahead.”

The presentation included:

1.    Introduction – Thoughts on the importance of best practices and standardization and initial findings from SolarPower Europe’s first ever O&M survey

2.    What We Do in SolarPower Europe‘s O&M Task Force
a)    Best Practices Guidelines
b)    O&M Template Contract
c)    Dissemination

3.    The Way Forward? – Round Table Debate

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