A solar farm’s balance of plant also needs O&M attention

By Steven Bushong By Judah Moseson, PE CEM, vice president of operations, Cooke Power Services
The balance of plant (BOP) is the most important link for delivering power produced by a solar farm to the marketplace. The BOP consists of the pad-mount transformer at the exit of the inverter through to the collection system and substation. The BOP also includes transmission lines, the roads and drainage.
While most O&M discussion focuses on components related to the PV panels and tracking systems, the BOP equipment also needs attention. It is wise to plan for best-in-class BOP inspection and maintenance procedures to maintain a highly functioning solar

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