Measure, a provider of enterprise drone services, has announced the launch of new services for the solar energy industry with the introduction of a robust suite of drone inspection solutions for solar plant maintenance.
The new turnkey solutions enable solar facility owners, asset managers and O&M contractors to gain the operational benefits of aerial inspections – including decreased inspection costs and higher plant productivity – without investing in drones, flight planning, pilots, GIS data specialists or data analysis infrastructure.
Solar panel inspections are the cornerstone of the solution suite, quickly and effectively identifying defective or damaged panels that are limiting energy output and associated business revenues. Measure’s temperature-specific thermal orthomosaics store temperature in every pixel for faster and more accurate pinpointing of faulty panel infrastructure.
Measure’s new solar solutions also include drone-based site overview and maintenance, site shading and terrain analysis, thermal inverter scans, tracker misalignment detection and vegetation management.
“Drone technology has resulted in new savings and efficiency opportunities for the solar energy industry, but a major investment of capital and human resources is required for solar PV plants and O&M contractors to run a drone program in-house,” said Harjeet Johal, Measure Vice President of Energy Infrastructure, who is a 10-year veteran of the renewable energy industry with a PhD in electrical engineering. “Our turnkey solution – created and staffed by drone and solar industry experts gives them access to the fastest, safest, best-planned and most accurate drone inspections and data reporting in the market today.”
“We selected Measure to inspect our energy infrastructure both in the U.S. and internationally because they provide an end-to-end solution that integrates seamlessly into our asset and work management processes, use the best available technology, and directly align with our ‘safety first’ commitment,” said Bernerd Da Santos, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 global power company. “Measure will help us scale our own drone program to cover our renewable and thermal generation, and transmission and distribution lines.”
Measure’s introduction of solar inspection services is part of a broader expansion that also includes the launch of new toolkit services for broadcast news organizations, and the opening of new offices in Washington D.C., New York and Los Angeles.