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Solar Power System Performance Testing

Solar Power System Performance Testing

The value and return on investment (ROI) of a solar array is directly linked to its performance. Solar PV array performance testing is typically carried out during start-up, commissioning, maintenance, and troubleshooting. We test your system with our state of the art solar testing equipment these results are uploaded to our sophisticated software for analysis and we formulate a comprehensive report which is verified by our electrical engineer.

I-V curve tracing has been used for decades in solar field testing, manufacturing and research and development. I-V curve tracing is the most comprehensive measurement that can be performed on a PV panel, string or array. The I-V curve (current vs. voltage) represents all possible operating points of a PV Panel, string or array at existing environmental conditions. Our software makes it easy to visually demonstrate that the system is performing consistently and in line with expectations.

Performance Testing Overview

  1. Full Electrical inspection - AC, DC and earthing.
  2. Full mechanical inspection - Inverter array(s) fittings and fixtures.
  3. Checking the system against Australian standards at time of its installation.
  4. The systems basic electrical characteristics will be tested and recorded.
  5. Earth resistance testing.
  6. Panel Clean and inspection and re-torqueing the panel fixings.
  7. Testing and checking the switchboard and/or sub board.
  8. The Inverter will be tested to ensure it is operating correctly.
  9. All switch gear will be tested to ensure safe operation.
  10. Penetration test for water and moisture ingress for all penetrations, connections and enclosures.
  11. Shade Analysis.
  12. Site Irradiance measurements.
  13. Pre clean I-V Curve test and analysis.
  14. Post clean I-V Curve test and analysis.