The solar industry has seen massive growth in recent years, with installations increasing tenfold between 2010 and 2016. Cut to 2022, and this growth is expected to continue, as more people become aware of the benefits of solar energy. As the solar industry grows, so too does the need for more sophisticated inspection methods.
The Future of Solar Panel Inspections
In one word, drones. Drones can quickly and easily survey large areas of solar panels, allowing for a more comprehensive inspection. Given that most solar farms are built in remote areas where lots of space is available, drones offer a safe and efficient alternative for inspecting solar panels.
Their aerial vantage point allows for the detection of defects that may be difficult to see from the ground, and they are able to capture footage and images of solar panels, which can be used for analysis and assessment.
Benefit of Solar Panel Inspections by Drone
The use of drones for solar panel inspection offers a number of benefits. By reducing downtime and increasing inspection efficiency, drones help to optimize the performance of solar farms. Additionally, the use of drones may also lead to cost savings, as they are often less expensive than manual inspection methods. In addition to the economic benefits, using drones for solar panel inspection also has environmental benefits. The use of drones helps to reduce the need for manual inspection, which can lead to decreased emissions and reduced energy consumption.
Other benefits include:
Increase inspection efficiency: Drones equipped with powerful cameras like the ones we use at Western Mass Drones can collect visual data 50x faster than traditional manual inspection methods. Given how large solar farms typically are, our drones can finish in a matter of hours what a manual inspection would require a week for.
Higher quantity & quality information: Our drone images & video can help inspectors identify issues that manual processes may miss.
Reduce costs: Our drones save you money. Not only in expensive inspection hours needed, but maintenance, equipment, and potential shut downs.
As the solar industry continues to grow, the use of drones for solar panel inspection will become increasingly important. With billions of dollars in infrastructure at stake, solar panel inspection by drone is quickly becoming the fastest and most-efficient way to reduce downtime and maximizing inspection efficiency.
We will continue to be at the forefront of this movement, providing solar companies with efficient and safe drone-based inspection services. If you're interested in learning more about how drones can help with your solar panel inspections, contact us today.