Top tips for Solar Asset Optimisation

How do you manage your solar assets to ensure maximum returns? Mina Mesbahi of Solarplaza says in an industry that is increasingly cost-conscious and in which equity returns are far more dependent on the reliability of the system there are some essential considerations.

Among the fundamental tips to look out for in the early to mid-stage phases of an asset’s lifetime, she suggests ordinary data need to be turned into ‘extraordinary actionable insights’. Starting with maintenance management systems, she says Excel spreadsheets are no longer an acceptable tracking system and that digitalisation has had an immense impact on how solar assets are managed and maintained across the globe.

“Going digital is the name of the game and having proper computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) capabilities in place will make all the difference,” Mina advises.

Next, get your supply chain ducks in a row.

History has shown that the first two years are critical to a project, hence the references to the “mortality stage” in which things are more likely to break and fall apart.

For this reason it is important to provide easy access to spare parts storage to minimise downtime, in particular for remote projects.

Of course distances between some of the sites in Australia are vast, spanning hundreds of kilometres.

Another vital message relates to having a grip on the specifics of the market. The reality of the extent of the scope of the available services can turn out to be more sobering than anticipated and require thorough research when entering a new market.

These are just some of the insights, read more in Winter Smart Energy magazine and register for the Solar Asset Management Australia conference taking place in

Sydney, Wednesday June 26 to Thursday June 27.

There you can join sessions focusing on “Assessing PV Performance” and learn more best practices in technical & financial management of operational solar plants.