Last week the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) launched two new working groups to help grow the solar industry more. The new working groups will focus on safety and workforce development and operations and maintenance. By creating the new working groups SEIA hopes to better serve all sectors of the industry.
The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) working group will focus on issues related to the reliable production of electricity from solar panels. “The topics we’re going to discuss in this group are critical to the industry’s success and I’m eager to help facilitate that conversation,” said Jimmy Bergeron, vice president of operations and maintenance for SolarCity and chair of the O&M working group. “I’m hopeful we will see advancement in the creation of reasonable contracts, defining a benchmark for quality O&M, as well as taking on any other topics which our members want addressed. We’re looking forward to learning from the collective knowledge that SEIA members bring to the table.”
According to SEIA, O&M hopes to help standardize contracts and set service expectations for solar panels. Educating consumers will be one point of emphasis of the group’s monthly meetings.
“Protecting the safety and health of everyone in the solar industry is not only a good business strategy, it’s the law,” said John Schehl, executive director of Roof Integrated Solar Energy (RISE) and chair of the Installer Safety & Workforce Development working group. “It can be challenging to balance quality, productivity and safety, while also achieving sustainable profitability. The members of the IS&WD working group are dedicated to developing strategies, programs and tools that all solar installers—rooftop and ground-mount—can embrace to help achieve these goals.”Tweet