Raptor Maps Inks Drone Deal with Solar O&M Company

Raptor Maps, a Boston-based software company that helps enterprise solar companies adopt drone technology to reduce asset management costs and increase plant production, has announced a new agreement with solar operations and management (O&M) provider SOLV Inc., a Swinerton Renewable Energy company.

Raptor Maps will support SOLV’s drone operations in regard to post-processing and reporting on solar photovoltaic plant inspections. Raptor Maps’ software will be used for all commercial, industrial and utility-scale solar installations managed by the SOLV team across the U.S., totaling over 4 GW of solar PV assets.

“Aerial thermography has become a valuable tool in SOLV’s offering as a solar O&M provider to maximize DC health. The ability to perform these inspections internally makes us more efficient and allows us to scale operations, passing those savings on to our clients,” says Reegan Moen, business development manager at SOLV.

“A major challenge of aerial thermography is how to process and generate reports once a site has been inspected,” Moen continues. “SOLV evaluated a dozen companies that provide drone inspection imagery data processing and report generation and found Raptor Maps to be the best solution in the market for our specific needs. Raptor Maps enables us to quickly and effectively perform the drone inspection, can support our wide range of sites under management, and provides clear and actionable reports for our field team on what items need to be fixed versus monitored.”

SOLV has already been using Raptor Maps’ software over the last 12 months to process, manage and report on the aerial thermography inspections of more than 50 PV plants. The company will now use the software to analyze and report on all PV plant inspections performed in 2019. The two companies will also explore further software integrations.

“SOLV is laser-focused on increasing the bottom line for its renewable energy clients,” notes Nikhil Vadhavkar, Raptor Maps’ CEO. “We are delighted to support their in-house performance experts with state-of-the-art software to maximize energy production and minimize risk.”

Raptor Maps also recently reached an agreement with solar developer Cypress Creek Renewables.

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