What are the Solar Best Practices?

  • Guidelines

    The Solar Best Practices Guidelines are a suite of handbooks providing detailed advice on different solar services in line with the highest standards. Available guidelines are the O&M Best Practice Guidelines and the Asset Management Best Practice Guidelines, prepared by SolarPower Europe, Europe’s leading solar industry association, with the objective to enhance service quality and standardisation in the industry.

  • Checklists

    The Solar Best Practices Checklists are interactive tools to help service providers and clients to evaluate service quality in a fully transparent manner. Checklists are currently available for O&M, monitoring tool and aerial thermography services. They are based on the requirements presented in the best practice guidelines and have been prepared by SolarPower Europe.

  • Mark

    The Solar Best Practices Mark is a suite of self-certification-based labels based on the guidelines and checklists. Its purpose is to create more transparency in solar services and incentivise excellence by providing visibility to complying companies by featuring their profiles in the Companies Directory and the possibility to display the Mark on their company websites and other publicity materials.

Selected best practice companies:

Different stakeholders’ benefits

  • Investors & lenders

    Investors, lenders and insurance providers are invited to use the available Guidelines as a useful source of information on current industry best practices. The can rely on the Asset Management Best Practice Guidelines and O&M Best Practice Guidelines and the respective checklists to select asset management and O&M service providers in line with the highest industry standards or to improve their existing service providers’ services. Already complying service providers can be found in the Companies Directory.

  • Asset managers

    Asset managers can use the Asset Management Best Practice Guidelines to enhance their services in line with industry best practices. A checklist for asset managers is in development. In addition, asset managers can rely on the best practices checklists for O&M, monitoring and aerial thermography services to select service providers in line with industry best practices or to improve their existing service providers’ services. Already complying service providers can be found in the Companies Directory.

  • O&M contractors

    O&M contractors can use the O&M Guidelines and checklist to enhance and benchmark their service quality. Complying companies can register here to get a listing in the Companies Directory and may display the Mark on their websites and other publicity materials to strengthen their credibility. In addition, O&M contractors can rely on the checklists for monitoring and aerial thermography services to select subcontractors in line with the highest standards or to improve their existing subcontractors’ services. Already complying service providers can be found in the Companies Directory.

  • Monitoring tool providers

    Monitoring tool providers are invited to use the O&M Best Practice Guidelines, and in particular Chapter 10 on Data and Monitoring, together with the monitoring best practices checklist to enhance and evaluate their services and tools. Complying companies can register here to get a listing in the Companies Directory and may display the Mark on their websites and other publicity materials to strengthen their credibility.

  • Aerial thermography providers

    Aerial thermography providers may use the O&M Best Practice Guidelines, together with the aerial thermography best practices checklist to benchmark and evaluate their services and tools. Complying companies can register here to get a listing in the Companies Directory and may display the Mark on their websites and other publicity materials to strengthen their credibility.

  • Technical advisors

    Technical advisors are encouraged to use all available best practice guidelines and checklists in their daily work when advising various stakeholders on services related to asset management, O&M, power plant monitoring or aerial thermography.

Testimonials


  • Paolo V. Chiantore, BayWa r.e. Operation Services S.r.l.
  • Ingo Rehmann, Greentech
  • Vassilis Papaeconomou, Alectris
  • Alfredo Beggi, Stern Energy
  • Robin Hirschl, ENcome Energy Performance GmbH

About the Solar Best Practices

Operation and Maintenance (O&M) and Asset Management have become standalone segments within the solar industry, accounting for about one third of the jobs created and value added by the entire solar industry in Europe. It is acknowledged by all stakeholders that high-quality services increase solar power plants’ return on investment.

One of the main challenges facing solar services is the discrepancies in the quality of services provided by different service providers. Reasons for this include increasing price pressure, lack of standardisation and minimum requirements, inadequate management processes, poorly qualified staff and insufficient use of digital data analytics, as well as increasing expectations of investors.

Responding to these challenges, SolarPower Europe’s O&M and Asset Management Task Force has developed the free O&M Best Practice Guidelines and Asset Management Best Practice Guidelines (to be published in December 2019). These documents make it possible for all stakeholders to benefit from the experience of leading experts in the sector and increase service quality and standards. These Guidelines are meant for O&M Contractors and asset managers, as well as investors, financiers, asset owners, investors, monitoring tool providers, aerial thermography providers, technical consultants and all interested stakeholders in Europe and beyond.

To help solar service providers worldwide to strengthen their commitment to industry best practices, SolarPower Europe has created best practice checklists and the Solar Best Practices Mark. These are a suite of tools based on the requirements of the Best Practice Guidelines that help service providers to self-evaluate and enhance their service quality. Complying service providers may register on this website and display the Solar Best Practices Mark on their websites and other publicity materials to further strengthen their credibility.

The Solar Best Practices are a suite of tools that is continuously improved and expanded. Currently it consists of two Guidelines (for O&M providers and Asset Managers, in various languages), three best practice checklists  (for O&M providers, monitoring tool providers and aerial thermography providers) and the Solar Best Practices Mark (three variations for the same three service provider categories, see below). All guidelines and checklists can be downloaded in the Documentation section free of charge. Companies wishing to be listed in the Companies Directory as a complying service provider and to use the Mark must do the self-evaluation and register in the Get the Mark section.