What Solar PV Maintenance Is Required for Your Solar Park?
Getting the most out of your green energy investment starts with finding the right maintenance provider. Maintaining your solar PV system is crucial to ensuring optimum performance. It can also increase the longevity of the panels.
You may prefer to work with a service provider that can assist with a wide range of services rather than just one or two. That way, you can save time, money and resources on your site’s maintenance. It will also make invoices simpler to manage.
If you’re in the early stages of researching solar park maintenance, you’ll want to know exactly what services are required. There will be a mixture of solar PV maintenance and site-based maintenance that you may want to consider. These are all outlined in this guide.
Essential Solar PV Maintenance Checklist
Solar inverters have the power to maximise power output, give feedback on power production and ensure that your PV system is operating safely. As this is an integral performance-based feature, it’s important that this works efficiently 24/7. Regular maintenance checks on your inverters is highly recommended.
Wireless Energy Sensors
Wireless energy sensors can monitor energy consumption of your machinery and equipment. They can also calculate costs automatically. It’s crucial that these are able to deliver accurate data so you can calculate your ROI. Getting sensors checked regularly can help with that.
Solar panel mounts should be taken care of to ensure panels are sufficiently supported. Ground mounts are commonly used for commercial solar parks. Checking that the panels are at their optimal angle is important. Maintenance providers can inspect all elements of your structure, including the metal A-frame, solar tracking system (if you have one) and wooden frame.
As a fundamental building block of each panel, solar PV modules consist of PV cell circuits sealed in an environmentally protective laminate.
The combiner box is essential equipment for all photovoltaic systems. It acts as the interface between the solar inverter and solar panels. The users have access to a safe control cabinet that isolates the power between live components. Type 2 surge protectors, designed to protect against lightning surge voltages in photovoltaic power supply networks, should also be monitored.
Solar Farm Cable Management
Your solar farm will house intricate pathways of DC power cables that transport the direct current to inverters at the end of each row. Low voltage lines will also be in place for sensors and motors that monitor weather conditions, panel performance and the position of the sun.
Without cable management, performance could be affected. Poor cable management can cause system shortages and shorten the lifespan of solar equipment. Unprotected or loose cabling can also pose a hazard both to people and your investment.
I-V Curve Testing
The I-V curve provides an efficient means of accessing the true performance of solar PV modules or strings.
Thermal imaging can be done at ground or aerial level by a licensed drone. It’s an effective way to monitor weak spots on the surface of your panels where there is excess heat. These are known as ‘hot spots’. Severe heat can often be a sign of damage to your panels. This diagnostic data can then be used to fix any potential problems with your solar PV systems.
LV Outage and Diagnostics
Effective diagnosis of outages in the low-voltage distribution network is crucial to ensure consistent, optimum performance. Outages can be the result of severe weather events or a system malfunction.
Replacement & Repair of PV Kits
PV kits may require replacement or repair from time to time. Having a supportive maintenance provider on hand whenever you need them is useful. You’ll need a responsive supplier who can provide a replacement in a timely manner. This ensures minimal downtime or impact on your bottom line.
Site Security & Surveillance
To ensure your solar park site is safe and secure, and for insurance purposes, you may require security and surveillance. If you have on-site CCTV, you’ll want a trusted maintenance team that can take care of your surveillance technology to ensure it’s functioning properly round-the-clock, 365 days a year.