The Power of Every Panel

As solar energy continues to grow in popularity and importance, maintaining the efficiency and safety of solar assets becomes increasingly crucial. One of the most valuable tools in our Solar Operations and Maintenance (O+M) service offerings is a thermal aerial drone inspection. This innovative technology not only saves time and money but also provides a thorough inspection of every solar panel, ensuring the safety and optimal performance of your solar investment.


Save Time and Money

Traditional methods of inspecting solar panels can be time-consuming and costly. Technicians often need to manually check each panel, which is not only labor-intensive but also prone to human error. In contrast, thermal aerial drone inspections streamline the process, allowing for a comprehensive assessment of your entire solar array in a fraction of the time. This efficiency translates to significant cost savings, as it reduces labor hours and minimizes downtime for your solar system.

Thoroughly Inspect Every Panel

The high-resolution cameras and advanced thermal sensors equipped on our drones provide detailed data about the condition of your solar assets. This level of detail is particularly important as your system ages and components begin to wear. Unlike spot-checked thermal scans or visual inspections, drone inspections offer a supremely thorough assessment of your solar site’s equipment condition, identifying potential issues that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Increase Safety

Safety is a paramount concern in solar maintenance. Climbing onto roofs or navigating around large solar farms poses risks to technicians. By using drones, we can conduct inspections remotely, significantly reducing the need for personnel to work at heights or in hazardous conditions. This not only protects our team but also ensures that inspections are conducted swiftly and efficiently.

Comprehensive Fault Detection

Thermal aerial drone inspections are capable of identifying a wide range of issues that can affect the performance and safety of your solar system. These include:

  • Soiling: Dirt and debris accumulation on panels can reduce efficiency. Thermal drones can detect areas with significant soiling, allowing for targeted cleaning.
  • Cracks: Drones can identify micro-cracks that may not be visible during a visual inspection but can impact the panel’s performance.
  • Inverter Faults: Inverters are crucial for converting solar energy into usable electricity. Drones can detect faults early, preventing potential system failures.
  • Module Delamination: This issue can lead to reduced efficiency and increased risk of fire. Early detection through thermal imaging can prevent serious damage.
  • String Outages and Circuit Faults: Identifying faulty strings and circuits ensures the entire system operates efficiently.
  • Offline Modules: Detecting non-functional modules allows for timely repairs, maintaining optimal system performance.
  • Combiner and Junction Box Faults: These components are critical for electrical connections. Identifying faults early can prevent larger issues.
  • Damage Modules: Physical damage can significantly impact efficiency and safety. Thermal drones provide a clear view of any damaged modules.
  • Vegetation Encroachment: Overgrown vegetation can shade panels and reduce efficiency. Drones can identify areas needing maintenance.
  • Tracker Malfunctions: Ensuring solar panels follow the sun correctly is crucial for maximizing energy output. Drones can detect malfunctions early.
  • Missing Modules: Identifying missing panels ensures the system operates at full capacity.
  • Underperforming Strings and Diode Anomalies: Ensuring all strings and diodes are functioning correctly maximizes efficiency.
  • Broken Ballasts and Reverse Polarity: Detecting these issues early prevents system inefficiencies and potential damage.
  • Internal Short Circuits: Thermal imaging can identify shorts within panels, preventing further damage and safety risks.

Thermal aerial drone inspections are a game-changer for solar O+M services. They provide a comprehensive, efficient, and safe method for maintaining your solar assets. By leveraging advanced technology, we ensure your solar system remains in peak condition, delivering maximum efficiency and longevity.

We’re here to help you discover the benefits and provide the valuable insights for all of your solar panel inspection needs. Contact the CES Operations and Maintenance Team to discover how our drone flights can maximize the efficiency of your solar maintenance program.
(630) 637-2150