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Inspections and audits

Inspections and audits

Whenever a solar device and its components are inspected – at any stage from fabrication to periodic monitoring on site or investigation of damage – the key benefit for project developers, site owners or investors is the objectivity of an independent evaluation and the information the inspection report reveals.

DNV GL employs highly qualified inspectors, with all the solar expertise and experience to put clients in the picture.

Inspections may be carried out at almost any stage in a project lifecycle. At a vendor’s premises equipment can be inspected during or after fabrication, as it leaves the premises or upon delivery to a site. A number of inspections are commonly performed during the operation of a solar project. Here, the main focus is on safety and structural integrity.

Periodic monitoring of all the devices at a solar site is recommended, every two or four years. This provides a client with a thorough review of each device's technical condition – information that can be useful in improving performance, or obtaining an independent opinion of a device's condition, prior to a key commercial milestone (e.g. end of warranty of period), or may be necessary to fulfil regulatory or insurance requirements. 

If something goes wrong, a damage investigation can be most helpful in identifying the extent and type of the damage incurred and, crucially, in determining the root cause of the problem. An independent damage investigation report is important in finding a technical remedy to the problem, establishing responsibility for funding any repair work and putting in an insurance claim.

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