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How aerial data directs O&M crews to the right place, right time

Labor shortages pose a major challenge for US solar companies, leading to inefficient plant inspections and wasted skilled labor. In this pv magazine webinar, we will explore solutions using their solar data to optimize O&M and maximize plant performance.


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Labor shortages have emerged as the primary challenge for solar companies in the US. In many situations, solar plant managers are forced to either forgo inspections, or end up deploying technicians to inspect plants that are working just fine, tackling issues that won’t result in meaningful benefit to asset owners, thereby wasting the time of highly skilled labor.

Deploying crews and technicians directly to underperforming assets to maximize uptime and revenue can be made easier. In this pv magazine webinar, join our initiative partner Zeitview to delve into the key challenges and possible solutions faced by asset owners, managers, operations and maintenance providers, lenders and investors, engineering and construction firms, and policymakers. Insights into plant design and sizing will also emerge from the presentations and discussion.

Mark Culpepper, general manager of Solar from Zeitview will show how the massive solar data they have collected through the North American Solar Scan can be used to address challenges of O&M, and will show real comprehensive data from operating plants throughout the US. We’ll see views of well performing and less performant plants, along with strategic insights and tools for delivering world-class O&M by focusing on big wins.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • How to optimize labor and cost by prioritizing inspections where they matter the most.
  • The challenges (and repercussions) of deployments with insufficient knowledge of critical areas in solar asset inspections.
  • Strategies and tools to maximize O&M efficiency.
  • A focus on financial outcomes for successfully tailored maintenance
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Tristan Rayner, editor at pv magazine, will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.


Mark Culpepper | General Manager of Solar, Zeitview

Mark Culpepper has extensive experience as a senior technology executive working in sectors ranging from general aviation to data communications and wireless technology to network security and distributed energy and has led companies through three technology commoditization cycles - Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Solar Energy as a Service (SEaaS), and Drone Service Providers (DSPs). As CTO and GM of Global Services at SunEdison, Mark leveraged IoT technology to lead the development of the world’s first global service operations for distributed solar energy systems.

Robin Clark | Aerial Operations Manager, Nexamp

Robin Clark is a professional small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) pilot with Part 107 certification and over 250 hours of commercial flight time on numerous drone platforms. Robin currently serves as Nexamp’s Aerial Operations Manager. He has been with Nexamp for four years conducting aerial photovoltaic inspections and building the in-house aerial operations team. Robin earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Graphics from Springfield College and has experience in high end real estate photography and videography. He also holds certifications as a Level 1 Thermographer and in Pix4DMapper photogrammetry software. In his free time, he enjoys fabricating racing quadcopters and building computers.


Tristan Rayner | Editor, pv magazine

After studying Electrical Engineering, Tristan Rayner turned his attention to editorial roles. Prior to joining pv magazine in 2020, he was managing editor and founding editor of culture, tech and sport publications in Australia, and later contributed to publications including Android Authority, AFP, ZDNet, and YouTube channel The Friday Checkout, among other roles.

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