Solar PV Maintenance – O&M
“In the PV industry, the term O&M describes a set of activities, most of them technical in nature, which enable power plants to perform their task of producing energy in compliance with applicable rules and regulations’ “Services, Markets and Competitors, 2013-2017 report.”
Whether your looking for basic solar panel cleaning or comprehensive O&M services, SSW’s maintenance options can be bespoke built to your energy system’s individual specifications.
Through regular PV cleaning, monitoring, planned maintenance, optimisation and fault & roof repairs – SSW will ensure you get the highest yield possible out of your PV. Preventative maintenance will keep payback periods on track, whilst maximising profits and lengthening the service lifetime of your energy system.
PV is a rapidly evolving industry, and SSW’s adoption of remote monitoring technology is what keeps us on top of your system and ahead of our competitors. Through remote monitoring, we can identify and react to data outlining the production and functionality of your system from our office in Somerset – spotting faults when they happen through real time live data.
O&M Service levels
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Our domestic O&M service will provide everything you need to make sure your PV system operates at its optimum, for as long as possible. Achieving the highest possible yield, maximising the return on your investment and reducing payback periods.
The services included are tailor made to your system and discussed with you prior to agreement, and we will adhere to any specific requirements your system may have.
Prices for an annual O&M plan such as this one start from £99.00 for a 4kW installation.
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• Rooftop Maintenance – Through extensive experience gained installing on rooftops SSW are proficient at working on almost all roof types. These bolt-on plans are often cheaper than hiring independent roofers.
• Gutter Maintenance – Gutter maintenance can be an often forgotten task. As with roof maintenance, this add-on service will often be the most-cost effective way of keeping this vital infrastructure in good order.
• I-V Curve Tracing – I-V Curve Tracing is a new method of monitoring which is effective at finding and diagnosing a fault by looking at the data from your PV. This add on service allows us to efficiently identify a problem, and implement a solution in the quickest possible time frame – minimising the time your yield is affected by a fault.
• Thermography – Thermography surveys are a maintenance service that can assist us in identifying hotspots and cell degradation in PV modules. In addition, it can help identify high resistance in electrical distribution systems which are often a precursor to: electrical faults due to fatigue, defective components, contamination, or simply loose connections due to poor workmanship.
Although PV panels have no moving parts, DC voltages of up to 1000V are present in daylight conditions. This level of electricity, coupled with components which have varying lifetime service expectancies, means that your system will deteriorate over time.
Neglecting the maintenance of your PV system will mean under-performance and reduced yield, and it may break the terms of your PV’s Warranty. Solar PV installations often come with a ‘guarantee’ that includes a workmanship warranty as well performance warranties. When looking to act on these warranties any ‘guaranteed performance promises’ will be only be adhered to if the PV installation has been regularly serviced, cleaned and maintained.
Avoiding maintenance will eventually cause faults and damage which can be expensive. As well as the cost, faulty panels and mounting systems are unsafe and pose a potential risk of fire or structural failure. Don’t believe us?
Unfortunately, the PV industry has a history of being blighted with miss-information naming solar panels as ‘maintenance-free.’ However, the fact that they are not (maintenance-free) is not necessarily unfortunate in itself.
SSW can prove through case studies that the optimisation of your system, cleaning of your panels, and management of shading and grounds (all options in a service plan with us) will more often than not cover the cost of maintenance services through the increase in your PV’s yield.
On top of the boost in your PV’s yield, the length of its service lifetime will be significantly increased, meaning you benefit from more energy, for a longer time.
Solar South West staff are fully trained to service all aspects of your solar PV installation. We are an SMA Advanced Installer, Fronius Service Partner and Tesla approved supplier and installer. We attend frequent industry training events throughout the year and are happy to advise on any aspect of PV optimisation or maintenance.
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