With geospatial imaging facilities, solar energy firms can overcome challenges and master installation and other operational processes.
FREMONT, CA: Today, the world is increasingly favoring renewable energy sources as the means to fulfill electricity demands. Therefore, it is essential for firms in the renewable energy sector to improve the efficiency of energy generation with a focus on precision and accuracy during the entire energy generation lifecycle. This is where geospatial imaging becomes relevant. Geospatial imaging can empower solar developers to improve their efficiency while also balancing the maintenance-related costs. Here are some of the advantages of geospatial imaging for solar providers.
• Well-Rounded Surveys
It is important to carry out a survey of the area where solar unit installations are proposed. Conventionally, such studies were either carried out manually or through helicopters. Apart from being costly, the methods were also time-consuming. Thus, there was a considerable amount of downtime at the beginning of the projects itself. However, drones and UAVs can obtain geospatial information quicker, as well as in a cost-effective manner.
• Simulations for Landscape Study
3D modeling is gaining traction across the industry verticals. The trend is no different in the energy sector. Project managers can access detailed information to approximate the changes needed with the support of the 3D model simulation of terrains. However, the efficiency of such 3D models will depend on geospatial representations. The simulation will enable solar energy firms to position solar panels more effectively.
• Improvement in Maintenance Processes
Geospatial imaging benefits even after the installation of solar panels is over. The technology can help track issues present in solar panel installations. Moreover, such a capability will result in enhanced efficiency as compared to manual approaches. For example, when drones combine sensors with imaging, they can recognize even those anomalies which can’t be identified through human eyes.
The improvements in geospatial and imaging technologies have many promising outcomes for the efficiency of a solar installation and solar facility maintenance and management.