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PV System inspections a necessity

Jason Franssen's picture
Lineman Supervisor Monroe Infrared Technology

With several years experience as a lineman I strive to do the best inspections including thermal imaging and RGB for utilities and industrial sectors. This is done by keeping my training and...

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  • Jul 12, 2022

With so many PV systems being installed we see many more failures and opportunities for system fires. These fires have a huge impact, including lost revenue because the affected business may remain closed for months. This results in lost revenue, lost wages for employees, and expensive rebuilding costs.

Yes, this could have been prevented. This image shows the importance of regular IR scans, inspections, and cleaning of your PV System panels and components.

Insurance investigators determined that this issue was caused by birds damaging the wiring. A good Thermal scan would show the damage and resulting overheating, as well as defective panels or electrical issues in other components of the system - from the Panel all the way to the inverter.

Using a qualified and reputable third party for this assessment is crucial to getting an unbiased snapshot and visual of the heat energy at an exact moment in time.

With a timely and regular inspection by an experienced and qualified team of inspectors using top of the line equipment. Complete and quick turnaround on the reporting of anomalies with recommendations for further actions is very crucial to keeping your PV system operating at capacity while reducing the chances of a catastrophic failure. 


Todd Carney's picture
Todd Carney on Jul 19, 2022

Thank you for posting this Jared, this is a very interesting piece. Have you seen any legislation that could better regulate these inspections?

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Thank Jason for the Post!
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