Solar Energy Maintenance

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

How to have the most effective solar O&M program

By Dan Bigelow, Senior Director of Customer Success at infiswift The cost of solar energy has changed drastically over the years, with module prices plummeting from $4/W in 2008 to around $0.65/W today. Solar operations and maintenance (O&M) is also rapidly changing, in response to continuing efforts to further reduce costs. New technologies are driving

O&M company MaxGen Energy Services acquires Next Phase Solar’s commercial division

MaxGen Energy Services, an independent operations and maintenance (O&M) company in the United States serving a large fleet of distributed generation (DG) and utility-scale solar power plants, announced it has acquired the commercial services unit of Next Phase Solar, a provider of solar O&M services to a wide range of owners, equipment manufacturers, financiers and EPC

How Solar-Log monitoring products improve solar projects

In this Solar Speaks podcast, we learn about the Solar-Log line of monitoring products, which provide integrated monitoring and plant evaluation for projects of any scope. Solar-Log marketing manager Anne Nelson discusses the ROI of Solar-Log products, as well as how they benefit solar installers.

9 best practices for effective data and monitoring of solar PV plants

Based on the international experiences of top O&M contractors, asset managers, developers, manufacturers, monitoring solutions providers, consultants and utilities in Europe, SolarPower Europe compiled a report on best practices for solar operations and maintenance and enhancing solar PV performance, as summarized here by India-based SolarPro . To measure solar irradiance, you need the right hardware sensors. The

Amicus Solar awarded SunShot funding for new solar O&M cooperative

Amicus Solar Cooperative, a member-owned purchasing cooperative, announced today that is has been awarded $358k from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to found a new cooperative that will serve the solar operations and maintenance (O&M) marketplace in the United States. Applying the cooperative business model to this market sector will address current market

Vaisala finds summer wildfires affected West Coast solar production

Wildfires engulfing large swathes of the U.S. West Coast this summer have had a significant impact on the performance of solar PV projects operating in the region. Irradiance shortfalls caused by smoke cover are clearly visible on monthly performance maps produced by Vaisala, a global leader in environmental measurement. These are estimated to have caused