08 Aug 2016 07:08:07
Thermography, array cleaning and PID reversal added to solar O&M services
BELECTRIC UK has added thermography, solar array cleaning and PID (potential induced degradation) reversal to its portfolio of solar O&M (Operation and Maintenance) services.
We use drone mounted infrared cameras to identify any non-functional photovoltaic cells within a solar array so they can be repaired or replaced quickly.
We use vehicle mounted and hand held brushes certified by major solar module manufacturers are used to remove performance degrading deposits.
PID detection and reversal using BELECTRIC Group’s certified proprietary technology can easily add an extra £1 million to the revenue of a large solar farm over a 20-year period.
The new O&M service launch follows a year in which the company’s UK solar energy portfolio under O&M contract reached 155 MWp, with an average APR (actual performance ratio) in 2015 of 109.78% of GPR (guaranteed performance ratio), and average availability of 99.75%.
2015 also saw three BELECTRIC sites achieve FAC (final acceptance certificate) accreditation, following two years of successful operation, and five sites gain IACs (intermediate acceptance certificates) following their first year. End-of-year performance ratio (PR) figures for the FAC sites were even better than our average, with APR at 110.08% of GPR.
No BELECTRIC UK sites fell below our guaranteed PR or availability targets during 2015, and there were no on-site accidents or LD (liquidated damages) payments. The average fault repair time during 2015 was 3.75 hours, ranging from 6 hours for collecting-station-level faults down to 3.5 hours for inverter-level faults and just 1.25 hours for superstring/string-level faults.
BELECTRIC UK goals for O&M in 2016 are:
To increase its portfolio of sites under O&M contract
To further enhance its range of O&M services and technical solutions
To continue delivering near perfect KPIs for our clients!