Orta Solar Have Built The UK’s Largest Solar PV Portfolio To Date

Orta Solar managed by the team that have built the UK’s largest Solar PV portfolio to date, has today launched a series of PV Operations & Maintenance packages to suit systems from 20kW to 5MW or more.

What’s more they’re offering a commission of 10% of the first year fee to any installer or developer that connects their installed clients to the service.

“Over the last year we have become increasingly aware of the need for a professional and structured service that supports the end client or investor not just by maintaining the system, but by keeping them professionally informed of it’s output and overall health.” said Nick Pascoe, Managing Director of the Solar business. “Having developed 90MW and constructed / financed 30MW of UK solar now we are very well aware of what we want out of a Solar PV operations service and are determined to deliver a professional and economic service to clients.” Orta Solar delivers commercial, agricultural and corporate roll-outs of Solar PV systems, differentiating by their depth of experience and no-nonsense approach to delivering successful multi-site Solar PV installations.

With prices for an annual documented inspection package starting at £650 for a 50kW system through to having full time staff on site on the largest systems, Orta are anticipating that their service will be widely adopted. “We’re setting out to build a great long lasting relationship with clients and support the original installers or developers to ensure that the installed system delivers the output that was intended,” said Kate Covill CEO of Orta Solar.

More than just a panel wash or grass cut, a good PV operations service should deliver professionally documented condition and performance reporting, be staffed by Solar PV electrical experts trained in mid voltage DC and central or distributed inverter technologies, and result in maintaining the highest kWh output that your system can achieve. Other elements of the professional service include:

PV System performance monitoring:  real time output monitoring displays, system tuning, documented performance reporting and alarm response

Preventative Maintenance: documented inspection reporting, frequency to suit agreed O&M obligations. Mid Voltage DC, 1st level central and distributed inverter maintenance, HV routine maintenance.

Corrective Maintenance: Low Voltage 1st level fault alarm response & post storm call out

Corrective Maintenance: High Voltage 1st level & post storm call out (UKAuthorised HV Policies and personnel)

Cleaning: panel upkeep using de-mineralised water, essential to retain good performance. Dirty panels produce up to 10% less kWh

Landscape management: sheep grazed or mechanical grass management, tree management, wildlife management Security, Fire & Pest Control- 24/7 alarm monitoring, 15 minute response and regular patrols

Spares management: strorage, issue / re-order and annual stocktaking

The company’s initial aim is that by spring 2012 it will be operating over 50MW of UK solar PV delivering approximately 50GWh of zero carbon electricity annually.

“The UK’s major solar power investors have expressed great interest in the service which for them can consolidate PV operations of very many sites into one complete and hassle free package,” says Mr Pascoe. “We are also delivering the UK specific end of the O&M obligations of some of the overseas developers that have built parks in the last few months where they no longer have a permanent presence,” he went on.


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