Drone Solar Panel Inspection

Use our thorough drone thermal PV inspections, reports, and analytics to get the most out of your Solar PV System.


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Build IR Drone Solar Panel Inspection Specialists

In recent years it has become increasing common to see Solar PV Systems installed to commercial and residential buildings across the UK.

The UK Government has also undertaken plans to construct a number of solar power stations and more solar farms are built each year. As such, it is vital to have professional drone solar specialists such as Build IR who can aid both residential and commercial clients in evaluating the state of a PV system.

As all solar panels generate electricity from the sun, they are placed externally – meaning they will be regularly subjected to the elements and experience erosion at a quicker rate.

It is crucial that these panels undergo routine inspections and maintenance to ensure they continue to function optimally. A thermographic solar panel inspection is the ideal solution for this problem. Via the usage of our drone equipment both visual and thermographic imagery can be taken of solar panels without it being necessary to physically assess them.

The use of drone technology has completely transformed the process of inspecting solar panels on farms. Due to the sheer scale of these farms, it is likely that there will be some physical damage, obstructing dirt or mechanical problems which need quickly identifying and correcting.

Build IR thermal inspections are able to detect quickly and safely and increase the productivity of the assets.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Solar PV Inspection?
In order to detect defective photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which heat up as a result of connection problems, physical damage, or debris, a field inspection of these panels typically requires the use of two sensors: infrared (IR) cameras and daylight cameras.

Drone Specialists such as Build IR are ideal for conducting these inspections due to the lower cost, faster turnaround and reduced disruption of workplaces in comparison to manual inspections.

Do Solar Panels Need Inspecting?
Your PV system might be able to function without inspection or maintenance, but if it is serviced and inspected on a regular basis, your investment will have a much better chance of living up to your expectations.
How Do Drones Inspect Solar Panels?

Using thermal imaging, a qualified Build IR inspector equipped with either a UAV drone and a thermographic camera can easily identify any solar panel which is not functioning as efficiently as it should.

This is accomplished by analysing the areas of the photovoltaic system which require readjusting, cleaning, or all together replacing.

How Many Inspections Do Solar PV Systems Need Annually?
Since solar panels do not contain any moving parts, they require very little in the way of service and upkeep.

At Build IR, we recommend scheduling an annual service for your solar panels to ensure they continue to generate electricity as effectively as possible. This will ensure that your system is kept in full working order and that any problems or decreases in generation are identified and fixed as soon as possible.

What Maintenance Is Needed For A PV System?
Solar panels only require cleaning and an annual inspection as routine maintenance to keep them in good working order.

Aside from that, so long as their functionality is not compromised, your panels will not require any additional maintenance throughout the year.

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A Great Customer Experience

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A Professional Service

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A Competitive Price

Benefits of a Drone Thermal Survey:

Reduced Risk

Time Saving

Enhance Accessibility

Reduced Costs

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2A Sopewell Road, Rotherham S61 2JL

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