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We compare reliability- and capacity factor-based methods of estimating the capacity value of solar power plants. Our results show that solar plants can have long-term capacity values ranging between 46% and 95% of maximum capacity, depending on the solar technology, plant configuration, and location. We also show that the capacity-factor based methods provide reasonable approximations solar capacity values.
Power and Energy Society General Meeting, 2012 IEEE
Date of Conference: 22-26 July 2012