The performance, and ultimate profitability of a solar installation depend upon the competence and experience of the O&M team. O&M is a critical solar industry sector needed for all commercial and utility scale PV power plants.
Through a proactive preventative maintenance plan (link to “What’s Missing” blog), the O&M team stays updated on potential issues and are sometimes able to stem off major failures. With smaller repairs, an O&M provider maintains its solar installations in good working order.
While it is impossible to prevent all potential failures or damages that can occur on a solar farm, there are issues that can be avoided. If a solar monitoring system sets off an alert indicating an outage, the response time of the O&M team can also impact power generation. As important as a preventative maintenance plan, a well-developed corrective maintenance plan can reduce costly downtime.
Any time a string or entire array is offline or experiencing periods of underperformance due to an O&M issue, the result is a loss of energy loss.
As part of a preventative maintenance plan, consistently identifying and documenting areas of improvement and correction helps uphold system integrity. Checklists for inspections are used to assure potential issues aren’t overlooked including environmental factors, equipment and other general issues. Here are some of the items that are regularly managed during an environmental inspection:
Here are some of the items regularly managed during an equipment inspection:
There are additional items that are needing to be inspected as well, like:
Miller Brothers Solar creates a customized plan to fit your individual solar farm needs. Because we work in many different states, we learn the environment and how it would effect a farm’s O&M. It’s hard avoiding everything, but being proactive can keep production running up to its potential. Reach out to us if you should have any questions.
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