BY DARREN LEWIS | 24-3-23
Solar photovoltaic (PV) technology has been around for decades, but it is only recently that it has become a major player in the energy market. With the increasing importance of renewable energy sources and the need to reduce carbon emissions, solar PV has emerged as a key technology for meeting these goals.
However, we all know that simply installing a solar PV system is not enough to ensure optimal performance and yield. To achieve the best possible output from a solar PV asset, a comprehensive understanding of the technology and its maintenance requirements is essential. In this blog post, we explore the concept of experience-led understanding and its role in optimising solar PV yield through effective operations and maintenance (O&M).
When we speak about 'Experience-led understanding' we refer to the knowledge and insights gained through our own hands-on experience. In the case of solar PV systems, this means we have a deep understanding of the technology and how it performs under different conditions. It also means we have a clear understanding of the maintenance requirements and best practices for keeping the system operating at peak performance.
Effective O&M is critical to achieving optimal performance from a solar PV asset. This involves regular inspections and maintenance to identify and address any issues that may be impacting the system's output. Some of the key factors that can affect solar PV yield include:
Weather conditions: Solar PV systems are highly dependent on weather conditions. Changes in temperature, humidity, and cloud cover can all impact the performance of the system.
Panel cleanliness: Dirt and debris on the panels can reduce their efficiency, so regular cleaning is essential.
Inverter performance: The inverter is a critical component of the solar PV system, and any issues with its performance can significantly impact the system's output.
Electrical wiring: Faulty wiring or connections can cause power loss and reduce the system's efficiency.
Shading: Shading from nearby trees or buildings can impact the performance of the solar PV system.
By having a thorough understanding of these factors and their impact on solar PV performance, our O&M teams can develop effective strategies for maintaining and optimising system output. This may involve regular cleaning, scheduled maintenance, and ongoing monitoring to identify and address issues as they arise.
In addition to experience-led understanding, effective O&M also requires the use of advanced technologies and tools. For example, our remote monitoring systems can provide real-time data on system performance, allowing our O&M teams to quickly identify and address issues. Predictive maintenance tools can also help to identify potential issues before they become major problems, reducing downtime and maintenance costs.
If you'd like to find out more about optimising your solar PV yield through effective O&M - then we're ready to talk.
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Darren is responsible for all operational aspects of our service provision. This includes, site survey, workflow, training and the assessment, onboarding and development of our contract partners. With 20 Years in Electrical Installation and PV, there is huge amount of industry change that he has been an integral part of and his approach is that every day brings a new opportunity for further process improvement.
We have a proven O&M solution that has been supporting the industry as a hidden partner for over 20 years, combined with a the revolutionary workflow that we have developed and an agile UK wide team of O&M Engineers.
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