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O&M is arguably the most crucial component to the long-term success of the solar industry. Here, solar pros — from residential installers to large-scale fleet managers and asset owners — will find solar O&M news and insights to bolster the long-term performance of every solar PV plant in their care.

 

Solar Support debuts end-of-warranty solar plant and equipment assessment service

Solar Support debuts end-of-warranty solar plant and equipment assessment service

March 8, 2021 at 12:02 pm 0 comments

Solar Support, a specialized engineering company with a broad portfolio of reliability solutions, now offers independent plant and equipment end-of-warranty assessment services for utility-PV asset owners. The services include onsite review of system and equipment performance as well as detailed documentation owners can use to secure support before EPC andRead More

Global PV on track to lose $14.5 billion a year in fixable issues by 2024 says Raycatch report

Global PV on track to lose $14.5 billion a year in fixable issues by 2024 says Raycatch report

March 8, 2021 at 11:44 am 0 comments

Raycatch, a start-up that has developed an AI-driven digital asset management system of solar PV assets, analyzed raw data derived from 75 geographically diverse utility-scale solar plants with a total capacity of 1.2 GW, and its findings are fairly startling: • 65% of the plants have disconnected strings, 55% have invertersRead More

SATEC debuts PRO Series energy meters to offer both AC, DC inputs

SATEC debuts PRO Series energy meters to offer both AC, DC inputs

March 2, 2021 at 8:18 am 0 comments

SATEC, Inc., global supplier of power monitoring instrumentation and reporting and analysis software, introduces the PRO Series of revenue-grade energy meters. This new and innovative series of DIN-rail and panel-mounted meters accept either AC or DC voltage and current inputs. This flexible input capability will allow a PRO Series meterRead More

MoreSun's Anti-Soiling technology added up to 12% additional energy during a multi-year field test in the California Desert. The modules in the photo were not washed for a full year.

Pellucere ready to scale its Anti-Reflective, Anti-Soiling PV module coatings with new investors

February 25, 2021 at 12:25 pm 0 comments

Pellucere Technologies Inc. is a U.S.-based sustainable technology focused company that manufactures anti-reflective and anti-soiling coatings for solar, automotive, and consumer electronics. Its flagship product is the MoreSun Anti-Reflective (AR) / Anti-Soiling (AS) coating for the solar market that reduces soiling rates up to 95%. Pellucere was recently awarded anRead More

Global solar underproduction increased in 2020 — and the No. 1 remedy was collaboration

Global solar underproduction increased in 2020 — and the No. 1 remedy was collaboration

February 25, 2021 at 9:39 am 0 comments

Raptor Maps raised its Series A funding this past year to expand its focus to the entire solar lifecycle. The startup has historically been strong in aerial inspections for commissioning, preventive maintenance, and investigations. Their software-first approach enables them to pinpoint causes of production loss. We asked them to share theRead More

Johnson Controls debuts early warning system for lithium-ion battery failure, thermal runaway

Johnson Controls debuts early warning system for lithium-ion battery failure, thermal runaway

February 22, 2021 at 2:38 pm 0 comments

Johnson Controls has launched a system to provide early-warning detection of battery failure in Lithium-Ion Energy Storage Systems (ESS) and other applications using Lithium-Ion batteries such as UPS systems in data centers and manufacturing facilities. By monitoring and mitigating battery failure before it presents a fire threat, the Lithium-Ion RiskRead More

Check out Megger’s new Solar Clamp Meter (measures up to 2,000 Vdc)

Check out Megger’s new Solar Clamp Meter (measures up to 2,000 Vdc)

February 22, 2021 at 9:53 am 0 comments

Megger now offers a solar clamp meter that can measure up to 2,000 V DC and 1,500 V AC (using PVHV leads) during installation, maintenance, monitoring and testing of photovoltaic systems and standard AC or DC electrical equipment. The DCM1500S can also measure AC and DC current up to 1,500Read More

O&M tip: Protect PV connectors at all times

O&M tip: Protect PV connectors at all times

February 19, 2021 at 10:00 am 0 comments

One of the most impressive things about walking around (at least most) utility-scale PV sites, is how neat, orderly, and consistent the cable management is. Unfortunately though this might be covering up some of the issues that happened during the install phase. Issues that create weak points and compromised components,Read More

Here’s the main obstacle to solar plant predictive maintenance according to DNV GL

Here’s the main obstacle to solar plant predictive maintenance according to DNV GL

February 18, 2021 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Predictive maintenance is an ideal that will become a must as the solar industry continues to grow. A new report from DNV GL highlights just how cool/valuable predictive maintenance can be when implemented, but also how far we are from it. The good news is the biggest obstacle seems (inRead More

Eaton unveils ‘Home as a Grid’ approach to the residential energy transition

Eaton unveils ‘Home as a Grid’ approach to the residential energy transition

February 17, 2021 at 3:10 pm 0 comments

The energy transition is changing how power is generated, distributed, managed and consumed. Building on its Everything as a Grid perspective, power management company Eaton’s new Home as a Grid approach combines an intelligent home energy portfolio with strategic partnerships to help residential customers integrate, manage and benefit from renewableRead More