Importance of a good Solar PV Operations and Maintenance Package
It would seem that the days of installing large PV systems are over (if only temporarily). The key focus for solar panel investors now is Solar PV Operations and Maintenance; ‘How do I ensure that my Asset is performing in the most efficient manner possible?’
The answer is; detailed performance monitoring, a thorough scope of preventative maintenance and a good Service Level Agreement to deal effectively with breakdowns.
What O&M services do we offer?
The maintenance package has 3 aspects;
This is where the performance forecasting and performance modelling is done.
IDDEA put together a comprehensive ‘Scope of Work’ which is a regime of planned testing of components and servicing of consumable items such as transformer oil. Each ‘Scope of Work’ is specifically designed with each customer.
IDDEA will ensure that the site complies, and continues to comply with, all relevant regulations and Health and Safety requirements.
A Service Level Agreement is negotiated with each customer, this will detail;
- guaranteed response times to breakdowns – generally 6 hours
- Levels of monitoring
- Component replacement fees – if any
- Preferential labour rates
- Stock holdings
Our team of extremely experienced and well qualified engineers are capable of identifying and rectifying any issues within the solar farm.
They are fully equipped in vehicles fitted with tracking devices so that we can quickly see in our monitoring station which engineer is the closest to a breakdown and be there the quickest.
Using in-house skills IDDEA can carry out ALL planned testing of electrical components both high and low voltage, thermal camera and string testing. Panel cleaning and ground maintenance grass cutting included.
IDDEA have an extremely comprehensive monitoring solution. Data is gathered from the inverters, a calibrated pyranometer and the generation meter in order to prove performance over a period of time. This data is analysed daily; errors, faults and discrepancies are automatically detected and work ‘tickets’ are generated. A team of full time data analysts are used to sifting through detailed data from solar farms and will quickly be able to spot under-performing components and usually be able to diagnose issues before an engineer even visits site.