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Solar Under Storm for Policymakers

Solar Best Practices for Resilient Photovoltaic Systems for Small Island Developing States

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Following hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and more recently Dorian, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) sent teams to the Caribbean to evaluate the root failures of solar PV systems and key success factors of systems that survived. The teams then developed a list of recommendations to increase system resilience.

One of the key recommendations is to ensure inclusive multi-stakeholder collaboration. This entails communicating clear market signals to suppliers and upstream equipment providers and coordinating closely among practitioners and installers. In addition to collaboration, codes and regulations should be amended and performance standards created or revised for procurement. This report, specifically tailored for policymakers in SIDS, is a follow-up to the two technical reports on enhancing resilience of solar PV systems which may be found below.

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The solar array on Atlantic Stone’s roof (FortisTCI’s customer) on Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, survived the wrath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017

View Solar Under Storm: Designing Hurricane-Resilient PV Systems Parts I and II Best Practices for Solar PV Installations Facing Hurricane-Force Winds by selecting the download button above.

Read our blog posts on storm survivability for rooftop solar and ground-mounted solar.