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Title: 1993 PVUSA progress report

Photovoltaics for Utility Scale Applications (PVUSA) is a national public-private partnership that is assessing and demonstrating the viability of utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) electric generation systems and recent developments in module technology. This report updates the progress of the PVUSA project, review the status and performance of all PV installations during 1993, and summarizes key accomplishments and conclusions for the year. The PVUSA project has five objectives designed to narrow the gap between a large utility industry that is unfamiliar with PV, and a small PV industry that is aware of a potentially large utility market but unfamiliar with how to meet its requirements. The objectives are: to evaluate the performance, reliability, and cost of promising PV modules and balance-of-system (BOS) components side-by-side at a single location; to assess PV system operation and maintenance (O and M) in a utility setting; to compare PV technologies in diverse geographic areas; to provide US utilities with hands-on experience in designing, procuring, and operating PV systems; and to document and disseminate knowledge gained from the project.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
631218
Report Number(s):
DOE/AL/82993--T1
ON: DE98007094; TRN: AHC29813%%90
DOE Contract Number:
FC04-92AL82993
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: [1993]
Research Org:
Pacific Gas and Electric Co., San Ramon, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Washington, DC (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; PROGRESS REPORT; PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER PLANTS; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; OPERATION