When disaster strikes

In this article, George Irwin of ReNew Petra explains the essential role of skilled PV operations and maintenance teams in both preparation for and recovery from hurricanes.

Hurricanes can bring massive amounts of rain, wind gusts up to 75 mph, hail of all sizes and lightning. These conditions can be hard on many outside structures, including solar installations. As hurricane season approaches in the Southeast, it’s time to think about your solar installation, its operations and maintenance (O+M) team, and its readiness to get your site up and running after a potential disaster.

Solar farms require significant maintenance throughout the year—grass needs to be mowed, repairs need to be made, and inspections need to be performed. But beyond the regular maintenance and standard repairs, events like hurricanes can result in a range of issues like broken solar panels, damaged wires, and uprooted trees.