14. March 2013 – Photon Energy Operations is expanding its O&M business in Italy by taking over service contracts for 8 power plants of 1MWp each in the Abruzzo region. Along with the existing contracts Photon Energy Operations' O&M services portfolio has now grown to more than 73MWp worldwide.
Photon Energy Operations is expanding its operations and maintenance business in Italy by signing service contracts for eight ground-mount power plants of roughly 1MWp each. The plants are located in the Abruzzo region of Central Italy. The company now services ten PV plants in Italy totaling 9.3MWp, two of which are owned by its sister company Photon Energy Investments.
"This step is a further milestone in the geographical diversification of our Operations and Maintenance business", comments Photon Energy Group CEO Georg Hotar. "By undertaking more service contracts in Italy we have truly established ourselves as an international O&M provider", Hotar added. Photon Energy Operations now services a total of 119 small to large-scale power plants in six countries on two continents representing more than 73MWp of installed capacity.
"We approach each power plant differently, as each geographical location brings different challenges which have to be tackled", remarks Georg Hotar. In the Abruzzo region the proximity to the Mediterranean Sea leads to increased erosion risk for modules due to increased salt content in the air. On the other hand the region is ideal for photovoltaics thanks to its high irradiation with abundant sunshine even in winter months.
"As with any other long-term investment it is vital to have PV-power plants running at full capacity," says Photon Energy Group CEO Georg Hotar. Neglecting preventive O&M can cause outages or damage resulting in expensive repairs and downtime. Photon Energy Operations' integrated service approach helps PV plants achieve their full revenue potential. "Owners of PV power plants operate in the ‘Sweet spot' of the solar industry, where it is vital to invest in professional O&M to get the most out of their investments", Hotar concludes.