Best Practices in PV System Operations and Maintenance Version 1.0

Revision: 1.0
Date: March 2015
The following Photovoltaics (PV) Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Best Practices Guide is one of several work products developed by the Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) working group, which works to open capital market investment. SAPC membership includes over 450 leading solar developers, financiers and capital managers, law firms, rating agencies, accounting and engineering firms, and other stakeholders engaged in solar asset deployment. SAPC activities are directed toward foundational elements necessary to pool project cash flows into tradable securities: standardization of power purchase and lease contracts for residential and commercial end customers; development of performance and credit data sets to facilitate investor due diligence activities; comprehension of risk perceived by rating agencies; and the development of best practice guides for PV system installation and O&M in order to encourage high-quality system deployment and operation that may improve lifetime project performance and energy production.

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