Evaluating Your Solar O&M Contractor

February 20, 2014

“Evaluating Your Solar Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Contractor” was presented by Vassilis Papaeconomou, Managing Director of Alectris, a global O&M service provider for distributed generation and utility scale solar PV plants in North America and Europe, at the Optimizing Solar Generation Congress of Solar Power Generation 2014.

In the presentation Vassilis outlines how to evaluate the aspects of your solar O&M contractor.  He gives detailed information on each evaluative aspect and introduces the new Alectris Solar PV O&M Contractor evaluation tool.

A systematic approach to evaluating your solar O&M contractor can be equated to the parts of a race car.  The “engine” of your solar O&M contractor is made up of:

  • The DAS (Data Acquisition System)
  • Data Analysis Capabilities
  • Field Personnel
  • Control Room
  • The Engineering Capabilities

The “supporting systems” of your solar O&M contractor to be reviewed include:

  • Quality Assurance & Accountability
  • Process Control
  • Knowledge base of Problem Resolution
  • Tracking of Measurements by Field Personnel

The Driver – People do the job.  Here Vassilis moves to the new Alectris Solar PV O&M Contractor evaluation tool, which includes 85 data points.  It accomplishes:

  • A holistic, unified approach to evaluating O&M considerations and capabilities
  • Plant owner self-determined priority setting
  • Solar PV O&M contractor evaluation scores mapped to owner priorities
  • Typical O&M KPI’s mapped to O&M contractor capabilities
  • Customizable to add more evaluation areas
  • Graphic depiction of contractor scores

Download “Evaluating Your Solar Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Contractor”


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