Implementing a Successful O&M Strategy for Solar PV

Each solar photovoltaic (PV) plant has individual characteristics and needs; from rooftop generation providing supplemental green energy to multi-megawatt (MW) transmission interconnected utility plants with strict power purchase agreement (PPA) and interconnection contractual requirements.  Implementing your solar operations and maintenance (O&M) strategy can be separated into three steps: Analyze your Company and PV site(s) needs …

The Rescue of a Ground Mounted Solar PV Plant in Italy

Turning Under-Performing Solar Plants into Revenue Stars A dramatic case study demonstrating the rescue of a distressed ground mounted solar PV plant in Italy was presented recently by Vassilis Papaeconomou, managing director of Alectris at the inaugural Solarplaza Solar O&M North America event in San Francisco, CA. The Problem Inadequate engineering and poor maintenance led …

Reviving Distressed Solar PV Tracker Plants in Italy

Alectris Solar O&M Solutions Reap Payback Period of Less Than Two Months for Seven Biaxial Tracker Plants in Puglia, Italy Biaxial solar photovoltaic (PV) trackers are technically complex and more difficult to be operated and maintained than fixed tracker plants.  In 2013, Alectris took on a series of distressed biaxial solar PV plants in Puglia, …

Evaluating the O&M Contractor

In an emerging market like O&M for solar PV, where there is still lack of standardization, there are numerous companies presenting different approaches and concepts. One thing that such companies do share in common though, is that “Optimizing Performance” is a term that is being increasingly used. Although it is obvious the performance of an …

Continuous Improvement of Solar PV Plants

Operation & Maintenance and Asset Management Services are an integral part of a solar PV asset. They are necessary to preserve profitability and Return on Investment of a solar PV Asset; this is the most common understanding. Such services, if properly planed and implemented through a Continuous Improvement concept, can lead to a financial performance …