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ABBREVIATIONS IN THE SOLAR ENERGY SECTOR – get to know more than 40 solar abbreviations

A lot of people wonder what some abbreviations in the solar industry mean.

A lot of them exist and if you are new in the sector you will find it hard to understand them and their full meanings. Example might include solar panel abbreviations, solar battery abbreviations and solar inverter abbreviations.

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Today we would like to simplify this monster to many but also cheap stuff to those already in the sector. Follow through to understand the different abbreviations in the solar industry.

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Basically this article is for common solar specific abbreviations and acronyms you will usually find in the solar sector. You might be working in any department of a solar organization and you come across many abbreviations you usually do not understand. This article is for you.

Or you might be tired of hearing these solar jargons everyday but get frustrated each time you hear them because you do not know what they mean. This article is definitely for you.

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Let’s Get Started with the Abbreviations

See the list below and enjoy. The list includes general solar abbreviations, solar panel abbreviations, solar battery abbreviations and other solar abbreviations.

Next time you might use the abbreviations to show your colleagues in the solar sector that you now know something – yes.

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PV – Photovoltaic

PAYGO – Pay As You Go

SHS – Solar home system

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ESS – Energy Storage System

BESS – Battery Energy Storage System

BoP – Bottom of Pyramid

AC – Alternating current

DC – Direct Current

LCOE — Levelized Cost of Energy

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O&M — Operations & Maintenance

ESCO – Energy Service Company

DESCO – Distributed Energy Service Company

W/Wh – Watt/Watt-hour

kW/kWh – Kilowatt/Kilowatt-hour

MW/MWh – Megawatt/Megawatt-hour

GW/GWh – Gigawatt/Gigawatt-hour

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A – Ampere (or simply Amp)

V – Volt

MPP – Maximum Power Point

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MPPT – Maximum Power Point Tracking

Ah – Amp-hour

BIPV – Building-integrated solar photovoltaics

CSP – Concentrating Solar Power

DSM – Demand Side management

EV – Electric vehicle

PPA – Power purchase agreement

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IPP – Independent Power Producer

TOU – Time of Use

EPC – Engineering, Procurement and Construction

NEM – Net Energy Metering

FIT – Feed-in Tariff

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FIP – Feed-in premium

REC – Renewable Energy Certificates

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RFP – Request For Proposal

DG – Distributed Generation

Si – Silicon

Voc – Open Circuit Voltage

Isc – Short Circuit Current

Vmp – Maximum Power Voltage

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CPV – Concentrating Photovoltaics

DoD – Depth of Discharge

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Simon Tyrus Caine

Simon Tyrus Caine is a solar energy expert with more than 10 years experience in the solar sector. Simon has worked and lived in more than 5 countries. Simon has been involved in solar installations, solar project development, solar financing as well as business development in the solar sector. At SolarEyes International, Simon manages content development and day to day operations of the organisation.

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  1. Thank you so much for these important notes sir/madam.
    I have benefited a lot from this lecture notes .
    Blessings to this wonderful team🙏🙏

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