PV Site Maintenance
Solar South West understand that due to the static nature of solar PV sites, the upkeep and maintenance of your grounds and panels can be one of those tasks which gets pushed to the back of the to do list. That’s why we offer the O&M (operations & maintenance) services we do.
Although keeping your site in order doesn’t seem like a pressing task, making sure it’s clear from shading and that the PV panels are functioning properly, is a vital practice which ensures you get the highest yield possible. In addition, it can also cause long term damage to your PV and be potentially dangerous to leave a site unmonitored.
That being said, the team had an interesting morning when they turned up to a ‘general site maintenance’ job the other day. With a spot of light strimming and clearing in mind, they were in for a bit of a shock…
This has to take the prize for the most overgrown PV site we’ve ever been to. With head-high nettles growing through the panels, the strimmers seemed futile, so the boys brought in the big-guns (the tractor mower) and in no time they had the site looking brand new again…
Although we make light of sites like these, we would like to stress that it really is important to keep your solar panels unobstructed and well maintained.
If you neglect your site, the best case scenario is that shading lowers your electricity yield, but worst case, you might end up with hot spots burning holes in the PV which can cause fires – destroying your entire array in the process.
To see evidence of damage to panels caused by hotspots on a site we were contracted to optimise recently, see our PV Fire Safety blog (accessible here), and find out how we can diagnose issues like these from our office – before they get out of hand.
If you don’t have time to maintain your PV system, we strongly advise you consider one of our bespoke PV maintenance plans. The increase in yield from the optimisation of your PV array will usually outweigh the cost. In addition, you gain the peace of mind that your site will operate at full capacity, for as long as possible, and won’t pose the risk of injuring anyone or starting a fire.
For more information on the O&M services we offer see our dedicated web page by following the link below. Alternatively, find us on Facebook or Twitter.
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