Borrego Solar expands O&M to commercial-scale projects


Borrego Solar Systems, a designer, developer and installer of grid-connected solar PV systems, yesterday (Thursday) announced the expansion of its operations and maintenance (O&M) services to commercial-scale PV assets.

Borrego Solar’s O&M portfolio recently passed 150 MW of capacity under management having doubled in size from 2013 to 2014.

"Borrego is improving our customers’ solar O&M experience through our combination of aggressive site response times, short case resolution periods and robust tools to help optimize their assets," said Matt Murphy, director of O&M for Borrego Solar. "We are leading the solar industry’s path forward in providing solar power asset owners with a transparent O&M process, giving customers 100 per cent confidence in the operation of their investment."

Over five years, the Borrego Solar fleet has operated at 104 per cent of modeled production and over 99 per cent of system uptime.

"For the past 35 years, Borrego has been a leader in every aspect of solar design, construction and operations," said Mike Hall, CEO of Borrego Solar. "We started out in residential then transitioned into specializing in larger MW-scale projects that brought the needs of various financing partners into play.

"As a result, we understand the demands of both our host customers and financing partners and focus our system management approach to meet their specific goals. Given our history in the field with every major manufacturer and technology type, it only made sense to offer our O&M services on a standalone basis for commercial customers and large IPPs with multi-MW portfolios."

Year-round monitoring

Every O&M customer receives year-round, 24-hour system monitoring managed by Borrego Solar’s System Performance Group.

There are three components to the company’s support network: on-the-ground O&M staff, the systems performance group and the selected DAS platform.

Through comprehensive monitoring, solar assets realize minimum plant downtime as Borrego Solar’s local support network is able to respond to plant failures within hours.

"AlsoEnergy began our relationship with Borrego with a large-scale portfolio migration to our monitoring platform," said Robert Schaefer, CEO of AlsoEnergy.

"Projects like this can easily get off track, but the Borrego team was exceptionally well organized and well informed about the specifics of each site. Since that time we have worked closely with Borrego asset managers. We find Borrego to be among the top tier of companies in terms of its knowledge and commitment and its level of engagement with the full range of features in our PV monitoring software. We would recommend Borrego as an O&M provider to our customers."

Last year was a record period for Borrego Solar with a 40 per cent increase in total capacity installed from 2013.

The total installations from 2014 represent 30 per cent of the company’s total installed capacity over its 35 years in operation.

According to GTM Research, in 2014 Borrego Solar had the third largest market share of commercial-scale solar in the U.S.

On Wednesday, at the Greentech Media Solar Summit, Murphy will be speaking about O&M on the Expanding the PV Asset Management Value and Market panel.

For an overview of Borrego Solar’s expanded O&M services, visit Borrego Solar’s O&M page.