Much like the inverter, module and BOS segments, the O&M sector will experience an influx of competition as it grows. However, the field can be narrowed based on two important distinctions: experience and expertise. Myriad factors should be considered when selecting a service partner, including the company’s installed base, size of service team, length of time in the PV business and bankability, among many more.
An O&M provider should also have a diverse team of subject-matter experts to support plant owners, particularly when it comes to components such as the inverter. The inverter is the brain of the large-scale PV system, with all plant-wide faults and alarms communicated through it. Therefore, it’s imperative to partner with an O&M provider who has extensive experience and expertise with these technologically complex devices.
SMA is not only the global leader in solar technology, but also the top-ranked service provider by thirdparty analysis. Since launching its plant-wide O&M service in 2013, SMA has been trusted with countless commercial and utility contracts. SMA has successfully built upon its experience as the largest servicer of PV inverters in the world with more than 35 GW installed globally, offering a field-proven O&M team to represent the needs of PV plant owners.