The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that non-hardware costs, or “soft costs,” represent as much of 64% of the total installed cost of PV systems. Sandia conducts research to support reduction of these costs by addressing balance of system components; barriers related to interconnection, permitting, and codes and standards; and issues such as solar glare.
Learn more at the PV O&M: Common Failure Modes, Cost Impacts, and Data Analysis page.
Kiran Lakkaraju, Principal Investigator
University of Virginia
Swapna Thorve, Zhihao Hu, Kiran Lakkaraju, Joshua Letchford, Anil Vullikanti, Achla Marathe, and Samarth Swarup. 2020. “An Active Learning Method for the Comparison of Agent-based Models.” In Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and MultiAgent Systems (AAMAS ’20). International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, Richland, SC, 1377–1385.
The Orange Button (OB) Initiative is an industry collaborative to establish an open, commercially-focused solar data exchange system (comprised of a uniform taxonomy, information models, APIs, and compliance test software suite) to enable a free flow of data between software products that address the solar asset lifecycle. In this project, we extended the OB 1.0 taxonomy (released April 2018) to add system performance monitoring and modeling elements to address the requirements of construction and operations use cases. We also developed an OpenAPI-compliant means to use the taxonomy.
Clifford Hansen, Principal Investigator