Solar Facility Drainage

POWERGEN International

November 19 - 21, 2019

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
United States

POWERGEN International attracts power professionals from around the world. In addition to topics and trends that focus on technology, innovation and policy, education tracks also include microgrids, solar, wind and hydropower.  

Join us at booth #3706 to chat with our power experts about on-site power, energy storage, distributed energy, microgrids, renewables, gas turbines and plant optimization.

Early (and late) Identification and Impact of Drainage Issues at Solar Facilities

Wednesday, November 20 | 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Presenters: Christine Harris, Power Generation Regulatory Compliance Lead and Gloria Bull (Dominion Energy)

As more and more solar facilities come online, facility owners are faced with ongoing site maintenance and operation challenges. Specifically, ongoing drainage issues can affect site access for critical and routine maintenance. These drainage issues are caused by many factors including poor soils, inadequate site preparation, and inadequate final grading and site restoration after construction is complete.

Many of the issues associated with site drainage can be addressed in the conceptual development phase when identifying and designing solar sites. However, many utilities elect to purchase solar sites where permitting is complete and construction has begun only requiring them to finish the commercialization of the site. Since potential issues with site drainage were not identified prior to construction, facility owners are left to address these issues after the constructor has left the site.

Join this session to learn what factors need to be considered when identifying potential drainage issues. Christine will share case studies to highlight the use of an early siting study to evaluate potential sites; post construction drainage issues, potential causes, and impacts of these issues; and potential remediation measures as well as the success of these measures when implemented.