Monday, August 17, 2015

How to Have a Maintenance Free Solar Farm

Solar installations are extremely reliable, but like any piece of equipment they do need to be kept in good working order to deliver profitable returns over their service lifetime. So, if you’re looking for a maintenance free, set-it-and-forget-it type renewable energy solution, keep looking! Solar is not maintenance free. But, don’t give up on solar! The solution to maintaining a lower maintenance solar farm that’s capable of achieving acceptable ROI standards for several decades of service is simple – have a proactive operations and maintenance (O&M) service plan.
Proactive Solar Maintenance
A solar preventative maintenance program should be custom tailored to each individual client’s needs in order to maximize overall system performance as well as minimize the need for corrective maintenance and costly downtime.
A dedication to preventative maintenance helps to ensure that all equipment is in proper working order, lessening the chance of equipment failure.
Using a combination of pre-scheduled tests, comprehensive site inspections, component evaluation and maintenance, non-critical repair management, effective maintenance procedures, and predictive equipment replacement, will ensure that that your system is always operating at its maximum design capability.
Some proactive solar maintenance services include, but are not limited to:
Comprehensive Inspection – Following system OEM specifications, ensure system integrity is being upheld, consistently identifying and documenting areas of improvement and correction.
Upkeep of Data Acquisition Systems (DAS) – Ensure calibration points are being maintained, communications are up and running, and environmental are aligned properly in order to produce the most accurate readings of system production.
Adherence to Manufacturers’ Specifications – Adhering to the manufacturers’ specifications is vital for your system to meet or exceed standard life-cycle expectations.
Cost Effective Field Service/Maintenance – Your PV system will need dedicated resources to maintain its integrity. By partnering with a qualified solar O&M company, you are guaranteed a quality team of professionals at cost-effective prices throughout the life of the system.
Panel Cleaning – Based upon local environmental conditions, solar module cleaning services are an integral part of many system owners’ needs. You solar O&M service provider can make recommendations for overall site maintenance based on system review and site inspections.
Vegetation Management & Wildlife Prevention – The environment of the site plays a key part in production. As such, the management of vegetation, wildlife, and water drainage plays an important role in the reporting and proactive services.
Miller Bros. Solar (MBS) is a chosen leader in operations and maintenance (O&M) solutions due to the company’s project expertise, full construction capabilities, and 160+ pieces of heavy equipment. MBS is one of the few electrical contractors that can simultaneously self-perform multiple utility scale solar projects while exceeding client expectations, controlling costs and adhering to timelines and customer schedules.
Miller Bros. Solar provides O&M services for solar projects in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Ohio, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
For more information, visit or call 610-832-1000.

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