The management of the construction phase of a solar PV project should be in accordance with construction management best practice. The aim should be to construct the project to the required level of quality within the time and cost deadlines.
During construction, the environmental impact of the project as well as the health and safety issues of the workforce (and other affected people) should also be carefully managed.
The IFC Performance Standards give detailed guidance on these issues. Compliance with these standards can facilitate the financing of a project.
Typical issues that arise during the construction of a PV project include:
• Foundations not being suited to ground conditions.
• Discovery of hazardous / contaminated substances during excavation.
• Incorrect orientation of modules.
• Insufficient cross-bracing on mounting structures.
• Incorrect use of torque wrenches.
• Damaging cables during construction / installation.
• Failure to establish vegetation