Solar Energy Maintenance

3 things to look for if you outsource solar O&M

Outsourcing O&M is a great idea because it allows the asset-owner to focus on diversification, returns and scale. However it would work well only if the owners get the most competent people to work on maximizing the throughput of the installations. Affording in-house O&M can be expensive. Therefore, outsourcing solar O&M is not just about technology and techniques, it’s

Swinerton’s O&M division SOLV deploys Qantum software to monitor and support 1-GW solar portfolio

SOLV, an independent solar O&M service provider and a division of EPC contractor Swinerton Renewable Energy, has begun deployment of QOS Energy’s Qantum software to monitor and support the operations and maintenance of more than 1 GW of solar PV plants in the United States. Qantum is an innovative cloud-based analytics platform that allows SOLV to harness

Solar product warranties vs. workmanship warranties—what’s the deal?

This article is reposted with permission from Direct Energy Solar. See the original blog here.  As you begin your search for photovoltaic installers, you’ll likely come across two similar-sounding concepts: Solar product warranties Solar workmanship warranties But what do these two terms mean exactly? And how do they differ? Solar product warranties defined Solar product warranties are

Exosun releases module-cleaning robot and free software add-on for PV plant design

Exosun, a global supplier of solar tracking solutions for ground-mounted PV plants, launches two innovations designed to optimize the LCOE of each project. ExoDesigner: a software to speed-up your plant design ExoDesigner is a free of charge, easy-to-install AutoCAD add-on application that enables engineering teams to design the layout of PV plants harvesting the best

How do financiers evaluate commercial solar projects?

By Graham Smith, CEO of Open Energy The cost of solar has declined rapidly in recent years. The United States Department of Energy’s SunShot Program, which set out to achieve a utility-scale solar cost of under $1 per watt, has realized its objective three years ahead of schedule, signaling a victory for the industry. With U.S. solar

SunSystem Technology hits home run with former MLB player Dusty Baker’s contracting company

SunSystem Technology announced that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Baker Energy Team, founded by MLB legend and Baker Energy Team president Dusty Baker. Under the alliance, SST will support Baker Energy Team’s growth and business development efforts by providing commercial and residential installation services, as well as ongoing O&M support for Baker

Drone Dispatch ready to enter solar market

After successfully presenting and exhibiting at the Solar Business Festival in Austin, Texas, Drone Dispatch LLC is currently exploring new and exciting services that can be offered to the solar industry. Drone Dispatch is always expanding its nationwide pilot network to provide drone services to a broad spectrum of industries. While at the Solar Business

What to do with an under-performing solar system

Solar PV plants can be classified in three simple categories, with regards to their performance: Good or adequately performing solar plants (according to base-case scenarios) Apparently good operating solar PV plants Clearly distressed assets with evident underperformance issues “Apparently good operating plants” is related to low quality of information due to unreliable monitoring systems or

SunSystem Technology to serve as Enphase’s primary residential O&M provider

SunSystem Technology (SST) and Enphase Energy announced that SST has acquired the residential operations & maintenance (O&M) field services division of Next Phase Solar from Enphase and the two companies have entered into a strategic partnership in which SST will serve as Enphase’s primary residential O&M service provider. The transaction enhances the focus of each company

How to prepare your solar battery bank ready for winter

By John Connell, vice president of Crown Battery Manufacturing’s SLI Products Group Winter weather can drastically cut battery capacity and lifespan—but it doesn’t have to. Proper storage, depth of discharge and maintenance will help prepare any battery bank for winter and maximize lifespan and capacity. Storing batteries provides protection from cold temperatures Most batteries are