Solar Photovaltaics Durability and Resilience - A Win-Win

Research output: NRELPresentation


Solar photovoltaics (PV) will play a crucial role in decarbonizing the electrical grid and limit the effects of detrimental climate change. Long lifetimes of PV installations are a win-win situation, as it not only reduces carbon emissions directly through avoidance of fossil fuel emissions but also indirectly, as it reduces the demand of needed materials and potentially recycling. However, during their decades-long lifetime expectations installations are also more commonly exposed to extreme weather events. Building durable solar system to withstand extreme weather events is essential in the electrification of the economy and will save lives, particularly when they power critical infrastructure such as hospitals. As more PV is installed in regions prone to extreme weather events, high-quality materials, installation and monitoring practices can mitigate risk. Evaluating resilience requires combined computational, analytical, and experimental capabilities that are best leveraged by teams working across multiple disciplines.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at Innovations in Climate Resilience, 28-30 March 2023, Columbus, Ohio

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-5K00-85684


  • durability
  • DuraMat
  • photovoltaics
  • PV Fleet Data Initiative
  • reliability
  • resilience


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