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Solar O&M: Why a long-term maintenance plan is essential

The commercial PV industry continues to grow at record rates and shows every indication that it will continue to supplement and even surpass conventional energy production methods in the future. The requirement for professional and experienced operations and maintenance service providers has grown right along with it, as solar is an investment that needs to be protected and cared for.

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Solar drone inspection provider Raptor Maps secures $22 million Series B

The Boston-based firm provides solar inspection software-as-a-service, powered by machine learning and drone aircraft imagery.

Sunrise brief: SEIA speaks on potential devastation of the solar anticircumvention investigation

Also on the rise: Solar on pace to save the world. Solar investments are scaling up, but inefficient O&M is weighing them down. Kevin Hostetler named CEO of Array Technologies. AgriSolar tour makes first stop at Biosphere 2. Boviet Solar R&D initiatives include 600W modules, N-Topcon, and HJT cells. With acquisition of Green IT, Radian Generation adds cybersecurity to its asset management toolbox. County-wide community solar campaign launches in New York. Gloomy IPCC report notes that capital flowing to fossil fuels still greater than that directed toward combating climate change.

Radian Generation adds cybersecurity to its asset management toolbox with the acquisition of Green IT

With cyberattacks a growing concern for grid-connected distributed energy resources, Radian augments its services with Green IT’s expertise in operational technology and cybersecurity.

Solar investments are scaling up, but inefficient O&M is weighing them down

While costs are everything in the solar industry, sourcing the cheapest O&M contract possible is a dangerous game and such short-sighted sacrifices often end up costing asset owners more in the long run.

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Sunrise brief: US solar manufacturers request tax credits in letter to Congress

Also on the rise: PVEL teams up with drone inspection specialist. Job moves at CleanCapital, Lumio, Factorial Energy, and more. FERC Commissioner Phillips’s views on how to improve transmission, interconnection. Solar advocates reaffirm their approval of Duke Energy’s proposed NEM 2.0 in North Carolina. Solar forecasting teams win prizes from government competition. Longi achieves 25.47% efficiency for gallium-doped p-type heterojunction solar cell. SolarJuice Technology launches American-made modules for commercial solar projects.

PVEL teams up with drone inspection specialist to provide aerial inspection as a service

Using electroluminescent imaging the team can perform an inspection of an entire solar project much faster than ground-based imaging.

Newer and larger solar plants perform better, while older plants pick up steam with repowering

US government lab sees utility scale solar fleet degrading faster than projected at 1.2% a year, while newer and larger plants are degrading at only 0.7% a year. Older plants appear to be getting repowered in year seven, yielding lasting performance increases.

Sunrise brief: Earth’s total solar installed tops 1 terawatt

Also on the rise: 300MW Bighorn Solar Project is complete. To achieve DOE’s goal, we need 700% more community solar in the next four years. MIT scientists develop PV cleaning system based on electrostatic repulsion. Solar drone data assessment shows rise in PV anomalies. Kentucky utility adds more solar as Solar Shares Program gains customers.

Global solar drone data assessment shows rise in PV anomalies

Over 20GW of solar array aerial visual data was processed by RaptorMaps, and roughly 2.6% of capacity was found to have anomalies that affect power production.