O&M is a hugely important sector for the solar PV industry and for the EU. Based on its 100% Renewable Europe study, SolarPower Europe calculates that an additional 870 GW of solar PV installations will be required for the EU to meet its 2030 emissions commitments. This rapid growth makes it even more important to ensure that industry best practices are harmonised, allowing O&M service providers to scale up their operations while maintaining quality standards.
The O&M Best Practice Guidelines 5.0 take a more integrated approach to occupational health & safety by combining them with security and environmental protection in a revamped Health, Safety, Security, and Environment chapter. The Innovations and trends chapter has been updated to include innovative new field inspection techniques, such as drone-based UV Fluorescence imaging. Furthermore, the increasing popularity of commercial & industrial, and residential rooftop PV installations has led to an overhaul of the O&M for rooftop solar chapter to separate these two segments and provide more specialised recommendations. Finally, this fifth edition has seen the Definitions chapter move to the new Lifecycle Quality Guidelines, reflecting the overall importance of a shared language between the stakeholders of a solar PV project.
This document is the first O&M Best Practice Guidelines produced by the newly rebranded Lifecycle Quality Workstream. It builds on 2019’s fourth edition and is the result of a year of intensive work by 29 leading solar experts, from 20 companies. The contributors work across the solar PV industry and include O&M service providers, Asset Managers, Asset Owners, renewable energy consultants, legal experts, digital solutions providers, and technical advisors.