A PHOTOVOLTAIC PARK’S PERFORMANCE ON THE ISLAND OF CRETE
Keywords:capacity factor, energy output, final yield, peak power, performance ratio, photovoltaic park, power losses, reference yield
The favorable climate conditions of the island of Crete and the recent legislation for the utilization of renewable energy sources, provide a substantial incentive for the installation of photovoltaic power plants. In this paper, the grid-connected photovoltaic park (PV park) of C. Rokas SA in Sitia, Crete is presented and its performance is evaluated. The photovoltaic park has a peak power of 170 kWp, and has been in operation since 2002. The park is suitably monitored for a one year internal and the performance ratio and the various power losses (temperature, soiling, internal network, power electronics, grid availability & interconnection) are calculated. The PV Park supplied 230 MWh to the grid during 2007, ranging from 335 kWh to 870 kWh per day. The final yield (YF) ranged from 2 h/d to 5 h/d and the performance ratio (PR) ranged from 58 % to 73 %, giving an annual PR of 67,36 %.