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Morgan Solar at SPI & CPV Summit USA 2012: A Systems Approach to CPV and PV Solar Installs

As module prices have bottomed out over the last couple years, there’s been a lot of talk of the increasing weight of BOS hardware and labour costs to solar farm costs.

At Solar Power International 2012 last month, we unveiled our solution to tackling significant cost reductions in these areas: the Savanna™ dual axis tracker for CPV and PV applications.  Savanna™ is a self-ballasted, lightweight mounting platform – requiring no concrete foundations, or heavy lifting equipment to install and maintain panels. It arrives at the field pre-wired, and can be set up manually using simple hand tools. It has very low end-of-life costs – it can be disassembled and redeployed elsewhere if needed. Essentially, we wanted to take the ‘IKEA’ approach to solar BOS equipment and installation, while achieving exceptional field performance.

In two weeks, at the 4th CPV USA Summit in San Jose, our CEO Asif Ansari and COO Eric Morgan will be elaborating more on our ‘systems approach’ to CPV installations. They’ll be speaking, Asif on the executive panel, and Eric in a session (details on the summit website to come), on how a competitive CPV module is only part of an ultra-low cost CPV solution. They will touch on key innovations in tracking systems, inverters, and system integration that are leading the way to all-in cost reductions for CPV systems. And how requirements for specialized capital equipment, and labour-intensive module fabrication and installation, will limit CPV scalability.

There’ve been increasing innovations on the non-module side in the PV sector, and many were on display at SPI 2012 – module-integrated microinverters, module-integrated grounding plates, tracker robots. At the CPV USA Summit, it will be exciting  to hear about how the CPV sector is picking up this challenge.

Photo: Our SPI 2012 booth, showcasing the turnkey Sun Simba™ CPV system on the left, and the Savanna™ tracker platform for PV applications on the right.
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SPI2008 Day 1

So we’re in day one of the Solar Power International 2008 conference and so far so good. We’ve had a couple of very interesting meetings – the kind you come to these things for and we’ve met some people. Sessions are good so far, the booth is ready and we’re organized. All in all, a perfect start to a conference.

I’m testing out the iPhone WordPress plug in, and might post mini-posts throughout the the show.

Tomorrow, the expo begins, and that’s when things will go crazy.

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Great long weekend, and we’re going to be having an interesting week.  More on that later, I assure you.

The announcement I mentioned on Friday is still on track, but I want to have everything sorted before saying anything, so it’ll be a little later this week, Thursday probably.  It’s pretty cool though.  For now I wanted to comment on a couple of goings on in the solar industry:

We simply cannot pretend, as Senator McCain does, that we can drill our way out of this problem. We need a much bolder and much bigger set of solutions. We have to make a serious, nationwide commitment to developing new sources of energy and we have to do it right away.

Sadly, he also says:

Now, increased domestic oil exploration certainly has its place as we make our economy more fuel-efficient and transition to other, renewable, American-made sources of energy.

At least he pledges to extend the ITC.


Obama On Energy