Solar Energy Maintenance

Trending in solar O&M: Industry players call for standardization

Although O&M has finally become something solar asset owners consider up-front rather than as an annoying afterthought, the market is still in disarray, said Amanda Bybee, CEO of the Amicus O&M Cooperative. A lack of consistent standards related to operations and maintenance was one of the reasons the Amicus O&M Cooperative came to be. “We

Solect Energy scores 10.4-MW O&M contract with Greenwood Energy

Solect Energy announced a 10.4-MW solar services relationship with Greenwood Energy, a leading solar investor and developer. Under the agreement, Solect will manage and maintain seven of Greenwood Energy’s solar projects. With this relationship, Solect grows the number of projects under its Solar Service program to 365 sites totaling 75 MW. Solect continues to expand

Software start-ups automating solar asset management

Two new software developers are helping asset managers save time and money  As solar projects increase in size and number, owners need to manage them efficiently. The industry refers to this as asset management. Asset management has become a hot topic in solar. In fact, there’s even a conference on it: Solarplaza’s Solar Asset Management

Solar arrays abuzz thanks to new pollinator-friendly vegetation initiative

Photos of ground-mounted solar farms often depict shiny panels staked in barren, brown ground. For communities hesitant to accept and support solar, these photos can leave the impression that solar causes damage to land. “Images of California and desert-sited solar arrays are so common that many people begin to think, what did the PV solar

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