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Hurricane Damage? Wildfire Loss? How Utility Solar Asset Owners Restore Plants After Extreme Weather Damage (Whitepaper)

image credit: Solar Support restores flooded inverters after hurricane in the Southeast
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CEO, Solar Support

As the Founder and CEO of Solar Support, Auston Taber has built a reputation for restoring PV equipment and plants cost-effectively, boosting confidence for owners and operators in their asset...

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Climate change is giving rise to an increasing number of severe weather events and utility-scale solar plants are more susceptible than ever. Insurance provider GCube found that 50% of all renewable energy claims in North America resulted from weather-related incidents in 2019

Extreme weather events mangle in minutes what had been designed to last decades: Sandstorms in jam particles into delicate equipment; tornadoes rip entire racking systems asunder; wildfires whip across PV plants, melting wires and cables.

What immediate steps can utility PV asset owners and managers take to minimize production and revenue losses after an extreme weather incident? 

This whitepaper explores strategies from PV’s leading restoration experts, including: 

  • Best practices in site inspection and project management 

  • Smart salvage plans to avoid unnecessary replacement costs and downtime 

  • Methods to get fast returns through a staggered plan that prioritizes quick recovery

  • Tips to secure maximum insurance payouts and get the most of out equipment warranty claims

Asset owners and operators can learn actionable strategies to streamline recovery, cut equipment replacement costs, and get plants back to peak performance.

Get real-world examples from Solar Support’s 20+ years of experience restoring damaged systems, like how we saved a hurricane-stricken asset owner $2.5M—and cut recovery time by 16 weeks. 

Solar Support has partnered with DEPCOM Power and Power Factor to deliver unparalleled plant recovery experience and know-how. By bringing in its industry-first restoration knowledge early in the process, Solar Support and its partners can help utility PV owners combat force majeure damage. 

Download this paper to guide your team’s success in PV restoration and recovery.

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Fabienne Rodet on Nov 30, 2020

Today marks the last day of this year's Atlantic hurricane season and according to the NOAA, 2020 broke new records! 30 named storms (12 made landfall), surpassing the record of 28 in 2005. I thought this whitepaper shared actionable and useful tactics for solar PV owners and operators.

I am interested in hearing from anyone dealing with storm damage recovery - what has been the #1 factor in getting damaged PV assets back on line fast?

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Cliff Myers on Dec 1, 2020

Great work Auston!

I know you've got a lot of other great projects going on right now and would be really interested to see some of the results on those projects. Keep up the good fight; you're making the industry stronger.



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