New business models for operations & maintenance

12/12/18, 11:03 AM -

The new focus of Solar Power Europe`s updated O&M Guidelines is on re-powering, rooftops and digital innovation.

O&M is a crucial factor of the solar value chain, also for installers.
O&M is a crucial factor of the solar value chain, also for installers.

SolarPower Europe launched its 3.0 Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Best Practices Guidelines. Building on the success of the previous edition, version 3.0 dives deeper into innovative business models to improve O&M services with new sections on re-powering, rooftop O&M and digital solutions.

Maintenance of smaller distributed systems included

Paolo V. Chiantore, Managing Director Italy Baywa r.e. and O&M Task Force Leader for SolarPower Europe commented: "Now that we have reached the third edition of the O&M Best Practice Guidelines, we have further contributed to the growth of our sector. With improvement on the already consistent version 2 and with new sections dedicated to innovations in O&M, and to maintenance of smaller distributed systems, we have made a real difference to driving forward best practice within the industry. For me it is an honour to coordinate the activities of this task force, made of a team of highly qualified professionals who don't hesitate to dedicate their time to share their invaluable experience, know-how and competence."

Business opportunities for solar installers

Giorgia Concas, Secretary General of the EU Association of Electrical Contractors (AIE), who have supported the drafting of the distributed solar chapter of the new guidelines said: "Today, most small-scale installations are not covered by operation and maintenance, but this is a promising untapped segment. Growing solar markets create business opportunities and place responsibility on installers to professionalize their operation and maintenance services for small-scale projects. We are honored to have contributed to the new SolarPower Europe guidelines, encouraging the provision of high-quality O&M services even for the smallest solar installations."

O&M crucial segment in the solar value chain

Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director of SolarPower Europe said: "O&M is a crucial segment in the solar power value chain in Europe, it is responsible for about one third of all solar jobs created and gross value added. SolarPower Europe are committed to supporting the industry to improve best practices to deliver the most efficient, innovative and cost-effective solar healthcare services."

Read the 3.0 version O&M Best Practices Guidelines here.

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More useful information

http://www.solarpowereurope.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/OM-Best-Practices-Guidelines-V3.0.pdf

https://www.pveurope.eu/News/Planning-Operation/There-is-a-growing-awareness-of-the-value-of-professional-O-M

https://www.pveurope.eu/News/Markets-Money/BayWa-r.e.-takes-over-Italian-O-M-service-provider-with-a-portfolio-of-270-megawatts