By CEO Dr. René Morkos Alice Technologies
Over the past year, the U.S. solar industry has experienced significant construction delays. Hamper the industry’s ability to meet current targets for renewable and sustainable energy adoptionThe lingering impact of pandemic-related disruptions, new tariffs on products imported from Asia, and laws addressing forced labor concerns in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have greatly impacted the industry’s ability to deliver solar energy projects according to plan. causing confusion.
At the same time, the cost of construction delays has risen dramatically, with dispute costs for delayed projects averaging a staggering $54.26 million per project in 2021. For large-scale photovoltaic and photovoltaic (PV) projects, Data collected between January and June 2022 showed an average delivery delay of 4.4GW per month — almost double the impact observed in 2021.
The ability to adapt in a timely manner to site changes and schedule disruptions can make or break a project, and managing the risk exposure of such a high-stakes, expensive solar project can be critical to profitability. is important to maintain
Challenges are inevitable. No delays and damages.
Challenges are inevitable during the construction of large projects, but a comprehensive recovery plan ensures that large solar (and other renewable energy) projects can turn these challenges into delays or delays. , help prevent additional costs and damage accumulation.
When things go wrong, an effective project recovery plan can help your solar project maintain momentum and keep construction on track. A comprehensive project recovery plan looks at the big picture, identifies potential challenges and delays, and prioritizes those that are most likely to impact project budgets and timelines.To Proactively identify and troubleshoot potential issues and riskscostly construction delays are avoided and further damage to profitability is eliminated.
Tips for Using the Solar Project Recovery Plan
Step 1: Evaluate Potential Challenges
A successful recovery plan for a project requires a thorough investigation of factors that can exacerbate delays. A photovoltaic project is a complex building that can be affected by many different situations and site-specific conditions.
From budget constraints to changing terrain, Damage caused by extreme weather To labor shortageto equipment scarcity Disruption of material supply chainsanticipating and identifying potential defects prior to construction helps stakeholders develop mitigation strategies and identify workarounds for potential future problems.
Step 2: Prioritize and Categorize
Identified issues should be categorized and prioritized by both likelihood and potential impact on the project. The events and issues most likely to delay the construction of large-scale solar projects are unlike those of other projects and are often environmental protests, extreme weather, Equipment import and customs delays and aesthetic concerns. Such problems often linger without being resolved.
Issues that are most likely to cause interdependency problems or disrupt project timelines should be ranked accordingly. By proactively prioritizing potentially critical issues, a solar project recovery plan can help stakeholders design more effective recovery scenarios.
Step 3: Use Generative Scheduling
The strict sequencing of the critical path method means that even simple changes in construction timelines often require restructuring of the entire project. This is a costly and time consuming process. When it doesn’t work, CPM tools are limited in flexibility and usefulness. When it comes to recovering solar power projects, Dynamic Generative Scheduling is a major asset and saves significant time and money compared to CPM. It helps you map alternate paths to project completion and dynamically create recurring scheduling options when site or project conditions change.
Choosing the right tools and software from the start can simultaneously lay the groundwork for successful interconnection and completion, streamlining the recovery of future solar projects. Use of ALICE Technologies AI for generative construction scheduling Reduce manual entry, improve project insight, and improve accuracy and adaptability. These are all keys to effectively responding to changing conditions and reducing costs.
Step 4: Mind your timeline
environmental factors, Stagnation of interconnection, It is common in the construction of large-scale solar power projects to tolerate delays and challenges caused by supply and transmission congestion.Some complex permitting and operational requirements (which can vary significantly depending on local regulations), harsh environments and aesthetic analysisinstallation and monitoring of specialized equipment, and unique governmental and regulatory considerations related to construction all Most people recognize that it is a large utility infrastructure and requires proactive attention to project timelines.
Despite careful planning and preparation, About 20% of PV and solar projects scheduled for 2022 have been delayed And small deviations from project timelines often lead to ongoing chaos. Attention to detail is key to anticipating and quickly resolving issues that can have cascading effects. Tracking the timely completion of milestones (and readjusting project schedules if tasks fall behind) increases the effectiveness of project recovery plans.
Step 5: Prepare for the unknown
political activities, labor shortages, natural disasters, Supply chain issues and regulatory actions It can wreak havoc on the unprepared. Adopting new technologies allows the solar industry to anticipate the unexpected and prepare for the unknown. AI-driven tools for construction project optimization can be leveraged by those in the solar industry to improve adaptability in unpredictable situations. Real-time, lightning-fast analysis of changing conditions allows you to model innovative paths to keep projects moving forward.
Solar Project Recovery Planning: Adapt and Take Action
Historically, the cost of building solar energy systems and farms has been very high, limiting their adoption as sustainable renewable energy sources.Solar energy construction and interconnections are highly vulnerable to delays, but as solar construction levels off, project recovery plans Identify options to get construction back on track.
The potential for delays and damages looms over solar farm construction and utility interconnection projects. Acting quickly is the only way to get your project back on track. With an informed project recovery plan and the tools you need, you can more quickly and efficiently manage complexity that impacts profitability, reduce timeline delays, and minimize project costs. I can. Redeploying project resources, redeploying labor or equipment, and reordering tasks all help keep projects on track.
Timing is everything when it comes to payback for solar projects. Why not make the most of it?
Dr. René Morkos is Adjunct Professor at Stanford University, Alice TechnologiesMorkos, inventor of the world’s first generative construction simulator and optimizer, received his Ph.D. He received his PhD in Artificial Intelligence for Construction from Stanford University as a Fellow of Charles H. Liebel and is currently teaching in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He is a second generation civil engineer with over 23 years of experience in the construction industry. He has worked on reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, automation of his $350 million gas refinery expansion in Abu Dhabi, construction of underwater pipelines, implementation of ERP systems, and various virtual design and construction projects for his projects. I have worked as a manager. Morkos founded ALICE technologies in 2015. Their mission is to improve living standards by reducing construction and infrastructure development costs by at least 25% worldwide. Morkos is a researcher and adventurer, exploring the theoretical boundaries of construction management and the evolution of future industries for global improvement.