Preventative Monitoring and how it can minimize your Solar O&M expenses – Part II

The number of solar PV installations in the United States and Europe that are maturing into post-warranty stage assets are becoming a problem for many solar system owners and asset managers. The need for reliable solar operations and maintenance (O&M) becomes even more critical as an important contributor to investment return. PV solar plants are investments that are likely to …

Best methodology for asset managers to link up with the accounting team

This is how most asset managers typically do their PPA billings: They go to multiple monitoring platforms, pull the performance reports, add data from multiple sources in an Excel spreadsheet, aggregate the data and then email reports to the accounting team for billing. The accounting team downloads the report from the utility meter, prints them and bills the off-taker manually. …

Do Asset Managers Need CMMS?

Computerized Maintenance Management System is generally used by operations & maintenance providers (O&M) in the solar and wind industry. Asset management (AM) which is a large umbrella of responsibilities which include management of both technical and financial assets, often goes hand in hand with O&M. Given this overlap, let’s consider the question: how necessary is it for asset managers to …

Best practices for retaining asset knowledge throughout asset lifecycle

Managing a solar farm involves handling many activities and obligations. Feasibility evaluation, EPC management, and O&M management are the three major steps in project lifecycle and involve many activities such as risk assessment, PPA, financing, monitoring and maintenance, billing, and maintenance. Keeping a comprehensive record of these activities will allow you to retain asset knowledge throughout the lifecycle of your …

Market Drivers for Asset Management Software

Asset management software are a recent invention to the renewable energy industry. They provide automated processes and analyses to allow asset managers save ample time and money in administrative, compliance, financial, and documentation activities. In fact, a centralized asset management software may save managers hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct and indirect costs. The paragraphs below explain several market …

Trends and outlook in solar asset management for 2018 and beyond

Solar energy plays a significant role in the transition to a cleaner energy system as the industry experiences high growth and becomes more price competitive. A report published by EnergyTrend anticipates global solar additions to reach a record 100GW in 2017, with 48GW demand from China, 12.5GW from USA, 10GW from India, and 6.8GW from Japan. Moving forward, a GTM …

Asset Management Vs. Operations & Maintenance

Asset Management (AM) and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) in the solar industry are two hot topics that keep getting hotter. The exact definition of each is blurred but both AM and O&M are necessary in the long-term operation of renewable energy facilities. Let’s discuss the differences between these categories. O&M is a more tangible, boots-on-the-ground concept. It encompasses the individuals …

How can asset management software compliment Excel?

Microsoft Excel is a widely used tool across many different industries. 90% of businesses use spreadsheets at some capacity or another.  In the Renewable Energy asset management industry, we estimate that 75% of asset managers still use Excel to manage the operations of their assets, despite the fact that there are better solutions available in the market place. It works. …

The IEA will raise its estimates for the deployment of Renewables

The IEA works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean and renewable energy for its member states and is involved with energy related forecasting. Its revisions represent increasing interest in sustainable technology. This is in line with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris where 195 countries agreed to work towards limiting global warming to less than 2° C …

Compliance management best practices for Solar and Wind

Solar & wind facility asset owners have certain compliance obligations for every site. These obligations are activities that need to be completed for another party. They can come from the terms of a partner contract, regulatory policy or even just a company rule. Failure to perform any one of these tasks could cause damage to a relationship with a partner, …

Top 6 considerations for selecting Asset Management platform

Asset management software is a powerful tool that can help you manage your renewable energy plants in a more effective and accurate manner. With the right asset management software, you can save time through automation, get new insights on your business from collected data, maintain auditable records and easily share valuable information with various stakeholders. Choosing the right software can …

How to Keep your Renewable Energy projects on track and on budget

Renewable energy developers and owner operators in the solar and wind sector typically go through the following 3-step process to evaluate, develop and operate their assets. To get maximum return on investments, developers must stay on top of a project’s resources, finances and milestones. Furthermore, each project must be analyzed to determine areas of improvement, enhance financial models, and identify …