Development: Design considerations of photovoltaic systems
As with most engineering projects, the design, construction and implementation of a photovoltaic power plant is a multi-disciplinary effort that involves very diverse knowledge areas. Throughout this book, several of these components have been reviewed, including legal and financial aspects. This chapter will cover the general concepts required to design large-scale photovoltaic power plants. The content of this chapter is focused on the practicalities of the design of a photovoltaic (PV) power plant and is intended for a non-specialized audience. The discussion of all the topics in this chapter is qualitative in nature, covering the engineering principles without developing a detailed scientific analysis or engineering assessment. Several books have already been written with that emphasis and the intention of this book is to present a general perspective with enough depth to understand the fundamentals of the system.