Solar O&M Tools for the Solar Investor

Originally appeared in Solar Power World Magazine. By Glenna Wiseman, Solar Power World Contributor Solar plant owners and investors face a daunting task calibrating all the levers of solar asset ownership to reap a strong ROI.  Our dialogue related to the operation, maintenance and management of solar photovoltaic plants now turns to the tools available to help investors manage dispersed solar assets across a worldwide, inconsistent and fluctuating solar landscape. Our Experts Edmée Kelsey (Kelsey) is the CEO of 3Megawatt, which provides solar asset management software to manage solar portfolio risk and reduce asset management costs.  BluePoint, the company’s [...]

By | 2014-06-27T15:10:06+00:00 June 27th, 2014|0 Comments

2014 Trends: Solar Operations And Maintenance

This post originally appeared in Solar Power World Magazine. SunSpec Alliance Development Director Tim Keating caught the essence of the operations-and-maintenance (O&M) debate at Solarplaza’s March Solar O&M Conference in San Francisco. “We’re past the gold-rush portion of the solar boom,” Keating told the audience of 249 attendees. “Now that we’ve got all this solar installed, we need to answer the next question: How are we going to maintain it so it works for the long-term?” This is not a throwaway question. The industry has expanded so rapidly in recent years that developers often don’t think about including [...]

By | 2014-06-05T22:37:10+00:00 June 5th, 2014|0 Comments

5 Considerations Shaping U.S. Residential and Commercial Solar O&M

Originally appeared in Solar Power World Magazine. Editor’s Note: This article by Glenna Wiseman is Part 3 of a three-part look at the importance of solar PV operations-and-maintenance. The series covers the evolving O&M market prior to the first trade event solely dedicated to this topic in the United States, Solar O&M North America March 25 -26 in San Francisco. Our article experts will share more insights as panelists at this upcoming event.   By Glenna Wiseman, Solar Power World Contributor Solar operations and maintenance (O&M) is vital to the successful return on investment for distributed generation as well as utility scale [...]

By | 2014-03-22T20:02:48+00:00 March 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

5 Factors Shaping the Solar O&M Market in the U.S. and Europe

Originally appeared in Solar Power World Magazine. Editor’s Note: This article by Glenna Wiseman is Part 2 of a three-part look at the importance of solar PV operations-and-maintenance. The series covers the evolving O&M market prior to the first trade event solely dedicated to this topic in the United States, Solar O&M North America later this month in San Francisco. By Glenna Wiseman, Solar Power World Contributor The evolution of the global solar PV industry means operations-and-maintenance (O&M) is light-years ahead in Europe. Part two of our series delves into factors shaping the differences in the U.S. and European solar PV [...]

By | 2014-03-16T22:17:20+00:00 March 16th, 2014|0 Comments

Defining an Industry: Solar PV Operations & Maintenance versus Asset Management

Originally appeared in Renewable Energy World There are more solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the U.S. than ever before and more of them are aging out of warranty coverage. The need to manage this portfolio of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar assets is accelerating a relatively new industry sector, solar PV operations and maintenance (O&M). “The sheer size of the solar industry is driving O&M maturation,” said MJ Shiao, Director of Solar Research at GTM Research.  Worldwide the operations and maintenance (O&M) market for megawatt-scale PV plants will total 146 GW by 2017, according to GTM Research. The [...]

By | 2014-03-07T17:54:58+00:00 March 7th, 2014|0 Comments

Solar Is NOT Maintenance Free: The Growing U.S. Solar O&M Market

Originally appeared in Solar Power World Magazine Editor’s Note: This article by Glenna Wiseman is Part 1 of a three-part look at the importance of solar PV operations-and-maintenance.  By Glenna Wiseman, Solar Power World Contributor The number of solar PV installations in the United States that are maturing into a post-warranty stage is a heavy foot on the pedal of the solar operations and maintenance (O&M) industry. “The sheer size of the solar industry is driving O&M maturation,” said MJ Shiao, director of solar research at GTM Research. GTM says worldwide the operations and maintenance (O&M) market for megawatt-scale [...]

By | 2014-02-09T00:37:01+00:00 February 9th, 2014|0 Comments