Operations &
Maintenance

Europe is the continent with one of the largest and oldest fleet of solar plants; we need proper care for these assets to meet performance expectations. Operations and Maintenance (O&M) is key to the technical and economic performance of solar systems and plants.

O&M has become a standalone segment within the solar industry, and it is widely acknowledged by all stakeholders that high-quality O&M services mitigate potential risks, improve the Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) prices, and positively impact the return on investment (ROI).

One of the main challenges facing the solar O&M industry is the discrepancies between the quality of services provided by different O&M contractors. Reasons for this include increasing price pressure, lack of standardisation and minimum requirements, inadequate management processes, poorly qualified staff and insufficient use of digital data analytics.

SolarPower Europe together with its members has therefore taken the initiative to develop Best Practices Guidelines for the European solar sector and contribute to the improvement of the quality and standardisation of Operations & Maintenance.

Join SolarPower Europe’s O&M Task Force

SolarPower Europe brings together world class experts on O&M to drive the discussion and work on standards and practices that the industry, the financial community and all the relevant stakeholders can benefit from. 

If you are interested in joining this task force, contact Máté Heisz.

Objectives:

  • To strengthen the commitment of worldwide O&M players in delivering excellence-led, proficient and reliable services in solar O&M, SolarPower Europe will establish the Solar O&M Best Practices Mark, a self-evaluation-based label to promote transparency and excellence in the solar O&M market
  • Additional activities planned for 2018 include the update of the O&M Best Practices Guidelines to be presented at the O&M and Asset Management conference in December 2018, the development of a chapter on “O&M for Distributed Solar” as well as the initiation of a broader standardisation initiative together with international standardisation bodies.
  • Promote the O&M Best Practices Guidelines across Europe and also outside of Europe (especially in emerging markets) and increase awareness, consensus and encourage adoption by industry
  • Lead and contribute to the development of an O&M template contract under the Global Solar Energy Standardisation Initiative of the Terrawatt Initiative and IRENA
  • Encourage debate amongst high-level experts from the O&M and asset management business
  • Facilitate networking with peers, clients and suppliers

‘’Despite their apparent simplicity, solar plants need professional technical management to ensure maximum power production and an extended lifetime. Within the SolarPower Europe O&M Task Force we work to enhance the quality of this service, for the benefit of the entire solar sector."

Paolo V. Chiantore - Bawya r.e.

O&M Task Force Leader

O&M Best Practice Guidelines Version 2.0​

Responding to the discrepancies that exist in today’s solar O&M market, the SolarPower Europe O&M Best Practices Guidelines make it possible for all to benefit from the experience of leading experts in the sector and increase the level of quality and consistency in O&M. These Guidelines are meant for O&M contractors as well as investors, financiers, asset owners, asset managers, monitoring tool providers, technical consultants and all interested stakeholders in Europe and beyond.​

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