U.S. Department of Energy

Operations and Maintenance

Photo of a man, wearing a yellow hard hat, looking at a wall with panels and wires mounted to it.

Well-designed and -engineered systems optimize performance and reliability, lowering operations and maintenance costs. Photo from Stephano Palterra, DOE

Lower operations and maintenance (O&M) costs are critical to reducing a solar system's lifecycle cost of ownership. O&M costs are influenced by up-front investments in design, engineering, and installation as well as lifetime system upkeep costs related to performance monitoring and cleaning.

Current Efforts

Below are examples of the awardees, funded by SunShot, that are working to establish O&M best practices:

These awardees are working to reduce balance of systems costs by helping to keep a solar energy system operating effectively over its lifetime.