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Independent Solar Commissioning, Operations & Maintenance, and Asset Management
Solar Facility Longevity
Your PV solar system has been installed and is working at top capacity, but now you just need to ensure that it stays that way. We understand the importance of maintaining large scale PV solar systems from an asset manager’s point of view. Our job does not end at the commercial operation stage; in fact, it is just beginning!
Our solar PV systems are designed to provide 30 years of continuous operation, based on predicted return on investment. Thirty years is a long time, however, and you should expect some unexpected maintenance demands due to events such as severe weather, premature component failure, grid fluctuation, and rodent intrusion.
Blue Oak Energy has been performing Operations and Maintenance (O&M) on commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems across the United States since 2003. Because every project and owner has its own unique needs, we optimize an asset management plan for each client.
> Independent Commissioning, Benchmarking and Audits
Commissioning is a comprehensive verification process which helps ensure an installed project aligns to its engineering plans and energy predictions. Commissioning can be performed prior to commercial operation and at many stages during the long-term operations of the project. We recommended all or portions of our commissioning process at regular intervals to ensure optimal system integrity for the solar energy facility’s lifespan.
Our PV system commissioning check-list and performance testing serve as an empirical benchmark for future diagnostics. The level of rigor behind our system audits and inspections is unparalleled. Because we are an engineering (link to Design page) and construction (link to Build page) company first, we inspect the system from an engineer’s and contractor’s perspective. Our solar commissioning services are recognized and appreciated by financing institutions, Independent Power Producers, and utility companies. Our commercial and utility scale PV system commissioning activities include:
- Complete record drawing plan review
- Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) inspections
- Site easement and roadway inspections
- Current and Voltage (IV) curve tracing of all solar array strings
- Open circuit and short circuit string testing
- Torque checks on electrical connections and hardware
- Thermal image scans
- Visual inspection for proper installation, weathering and workmanship
- Conductor integrity and identification
- Inverter performance verification
- Tracking system performance and calibration verification
- Meter calibration and inspections
- Full system performance testing
- Warranty and performance guarantee reviews
- Meteorological system testing, calibration and performance validation
- Performance guarantee validation and long-term system testing
> Solar Asset Management Services
Blue Oak Energy will monitor your site—or portfolio of sites—daily to ensure that the system is performing to specifications. Our analysts also monitor for accelerated photovoltaic device and system degradation over time.
The Operations and Maintenance team performs regular onsite inspections, diagnostics and preventive maintenance to address any potential issues and ensure your system continues to perform as designed.
Once our Asset Management team has isolated an issue and its potential cause, we immediately develop a course of action. This may include delivering remote instructions to a local contact or mobilizing assigned field services for more extensive repairs to the solar electric system.
Regular solar array cleaning increases annual solar energy production by an average of five to ten percent in climates with a dry season. We will recommend a cleaning schedule based on local weather patterns and the expected ROI of your PV solar energy system.
Experience Put to Work
A decade of PV engineering (link to Design page) and construction (link to Build page) experience gives Blue Oak Energy a unique perspective when it comes to Asset Management and Solar O&M– we inspect installations with an eye for performance, safety, and longevity. We are passionate about commercial rooftop and utility solar electric facilities and we intend to operate your system as if it were our own.
Our engineers and analysts who monitor your system understand the inherent temporal variations in production as well as idiosyncrasies of the instrumentation; this is critical for discerning an actual issue from standard fluctuations.
Our O&M team is an extension of our trusted engineering and construction teams. This collaboration lends itself to accurate trouble-shooting and corrective maintenance efforts.