Low O&M Prices Drive ‘Digitalization’ and New Technologies

By [email protected] At a recent conference, I argued that current utility-scale PV operations and maintenance prices in the U.S. were dangerously low, posing a threat to quality of service and vendor survival. I added that O&M prices might bounce back after bottoming out, as they did in the wind industry a few years ago.

A fellow presenter and esteemed industry colleague rejected this idea: he thought that prices never would go back up, citing the computer and cell phone markets as examples. But this comparison ignores that O&M is a service, not a piece of hardware that gets cheaper with manufacturing volumes and

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