Understanding what underpins optimal PV performance is critical to a long-lasting, valuable operation of solar assets. Streamlining the processes of field forensics and analysis, underperformance attribution alongside action planning, as well as solutions engineering can unlock greater performance for the long-term operation of PV.

Forensic analysis provides a wide range of insights, from performance history to soiling, from weather events to wash cycles, and many more. Through testing, tracing and inspection, field forensics can help plant owners make better use of their solar assets.

Backed by forensics, action planning services allow asset operators to attribute underperformance, and then navigate remediation, cost estimation, implementation scheduling, as well as warranty and insurance issues.

In this pv magazine Webinar, we will learn about field forensics and forensic analysis and discuss the process of action planning, underperformance attribution, and solutions engineering. Dr. Ralph Romero, Senior Managing Director of Infrastructure Modernization at Black and Veatch, will explain the role of forensic analysis in better managing solar assets in a distributed infrastructure. Joining him is Daniel Chang, Vice President of Business Development at RETC, presenting RETC’s forensics and lab service as a “one-stop shop” for understanding PV performance.
  • The value added by Forensic Analysis to solar asset management programs
  • How to improve the performance and longevity of solar assets
  • How to better use data analytics to protect the health of the assets and optimize energy production
  • Q&A
Ryan Kennedy
Moderator | Editor, pv magazine USA
Ryan joined pv magazine in 2021, bringing experience from a top residential solar installer, and a U.S.-based inverter manufacturer. He holds a degree in Management with a certification in Sustainable Business Practices from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is currently pursuing a Master of Energy and Environmental Management degree at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Ralph Romero
Senior Managing Director Infrastructure Modernization | Black & Veatch
Dr. Romero is a Senior Managing Director of Black & Veatch Management Consulting. He specializes in the assessment of novel technologies, product design, product performance and reliability, hi-tech manufacturing and product quality, solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, and energy storage.
Daniel Chang
VP Business Development | RETC
Daniel Chang is the Vice President of Business Development at RETC, an independent test lab for photovoltaic products and batteries where he is responsible for all sales and marketing activity. Daniel is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a seasoned industry veteran with over 15 years of technical sales and product management experience in the solar and semiconductor industry. Prior to joining RETC, Daniel has held roles in engineering, technical sales, and product management at First Solar, Jinko Solar, Trina Solar, SunPower, and Applied Materials.
Kingsley Chen
Sr. Field Forensics Engineer, RETC
o Kingsley Chen is a Senior Field Forensics Engineer at RETC, an independent test lab for photovoltaic products and batteries where he is responsible for all outdoor testing and field forensic activities. Kingsley is a Mechanical Engineering graduate of Western Ontario, London, Canada. He has expertise in PV systems applications engineering, technical support and unmanned aerial systems. With over 20 years of PV industry experience, Kingsley has worked at SunPower, Mainspring Energy, and Impossible Aerospace (now Vayu Aerospace).
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