As the world transitions to renewable energy sources, solar power has emerged as the most popular option due to its eco-friendliness and cost-effectiveness. However, the maintenance and upkeep of solar installations is a challenging task. Fortunately, emerging technologies such as aerial inspection employing manned aircraft, drones equipped with aerial thermography, and RGB photography have revolutionized solar operations and maintenance (O&M).

Aerial drone-based thermal inspection uses infrared imaging to detect temperature variations in solar PV modules, cables and other system components. The use of drones in solar O&M has risen dramatically over the past several years, going from a cool novelty technology to an essential part of the toolkit. This article will explore several O&M challenge areas where leveraging innovative technologies can improve efficiency, reduce downtime, increase safety, and minimize maintenance costs.

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