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Marco Holst

Marco, former head of product management for a manufacturing company, is an expert in building scalable processes. He founded Kwest to develop software that accelerates the rollout of renewable energy solutions.
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5 acronyms in solar that you need to know

Are you tired of feeling like you need a secret decoder ring just to understand the acronyms in the solar industry? Well, no more! We’re here to shed some light and bring a little sunshine to the confusing world of solar acronyms.

What does PV stand for?

PV stands for “Photovoltaic,” which refers to the technology that converts sunlight into electricity using solar cells. It is a key component of solar power systems, including solar panels or modules that harness solar energy. 

What is C&I in solar?

C&I in solar refers to the “Commercial and industrial” sector of the solar industry. It specifically focuses on solar energy solutions for businesses and industrial facilities. C&I solar installations are designed to meet the energy needs of commercial buildings, offices, factories, warehouses, and other non-residential properties. These installations can vary in size, ranging from small rooftop systems to large-scale solar arrays. C&I solar projects often involve customized designs, financial considerations, and energy management strategies tailored to the specific requirements of commercial and industrial clients. The goal of C&I solar is to help businesses reduce their electricity costs, lower carbon emissions, and increase energy independence.

What does O&M stand for solar? 

O&M in solar stands for “Operations and Maintenance.” It refers to activities involved in managing and maintaining solar power systems. O&M tasks include regular inspections, cleaning, and repairs to ensure the optimal performance and longevity of solar installations. This includes monitoring system efficiency, troubleshooting issues, and conducting preventive maintenance to maximize energy production and minimize downtime. O&M is in particular important for commercial and industrial solar power systems. 

What is solar CSP vs. PV?

Solar CSP stands for “Concentrated Solar Power” and PV for “Photovoltaic” and are two different technologies used for harnessing solar energy. Solar CSP uses mirrors or lenses to concentrate sunlight and generate heat, which is then used to produce electricity. PV technology directly converts sunlight into electricity using solar panels. CSP focuses on heat generation for electricity production, while PV focuses on direct conversion of sunlight to electricity. Both technologies are used in the solar industry for different applications and have their own advantages.

What does kWh (or Kw h) stand for?

kWh stands for “kilowatt-hour”, which is a unit of energy commonly used to measure electricity consumption. It represents the amount of energy consumed when a device with a power rating of one kilowatt operates for one hour. kWh is important because it allows us to accurately measure and quantify electricity usage, which is crucial for billing, tracking energy efficiency, and understanding the environmental impact of energy consumption. It is a standard unit used by solar companies to determine electricity costs and for consumers to monitor their electricity usage and manage their energy consumption effectively.

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