Operations and Maintenance Task Force

Acknowledging the emerging importance of Operations and Maintenance for the future technical and economic performance of the PV systems and plants, SolarPower Europe together with its members, has taken  the  initiative to develop Best Practices Guidelines for the European solar sector and contribute to the improvement of the quality and standardisation of the service provision.

20+ companies and 40+ experts, led by First Solar and coordinated by SolarPower Europe worked during the period of 2015-2016 to achieve the first milestone which was the launch of the first version (version 1.0) of O&M Best Practices Guidelines.

Upon that, the Task Force, enhanced by more companies and experts and reinvigorated by a new Task Force leader - Alectris, has recently kicked off the second period (Q4 2016 - 2017) of work which will include the following objectives:

  • Promote the O&M Best Practices Guidelines across Europe and also outside of Europe (especially in emerging markets)
  • Increase awareness, consensus and encourage adoption by industry 
  • Improve version 1.0, incorporate more comments and enlarge the scope
  • Create country annexes when appropriate by diving into certain national specific matters - e.g. Land management, health and safety for the UK. This part of work will be realised with the strong support of relevant national O&M initiatives e.g. Operation & Maintenance Working Group from Solar Trade Association
  • Lead and contribute to the development of template for O&M contracts/term sheets under the Solar Standardisation Initiative of the Terawatt Initiative and IRENA
  • Encourage debate amongst high-level experts from the O&M and asset management business
  • Facilitate networking with your peers, clients and suppliers

SolarPower Europe is bringing together first line 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. Leading companies that represent a large share of Europes solar PV portfolio are already committed to the process. 

The next O&M Task Force meeting will be announced soon

For more information on the O&M task force please contact Mate Heisz at m.heisz@solarpowereurope.org ; +32 2 709 55 40