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Workers who install systems have a critical role in reducing both the upfront and the lifecycle costs of PV systems. Labor costs represent a significant portion of total system costs. And although the effect is not observed in upfront $/watt costs, subpar installation practices increase cost by limiting system performance, effectively increasing the system levelized cost of energy. A well-trained installer can install a system to maximize system performance as well as to prevent future fire and safety hazards.
Sandia will make use of e-Newsletters as a general communication vehicle to the broad industry, along with other proactive outreach communication methods including websites, video, and stakeholder meetings, for those involved with PV systems installations throughout many disciplines as a broader dissemination to stakeholders beyond code-official training.
In terms of installation, anticipated information products that will be produced or refined this year may include updated interconnection information, PV Value Tool, an expedited process for structural permitting, system energy ratings, PV modeling collaborative, PV failure modes effects analysis group, inverter advancements, transients and overvoltage, arc faults, and other general and specific topics