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Spark Solar brings maintenance and monitoring plans to solar PV investors in Ontario


December 29, 2010
By Alyssa Dalton

Spark Solar has introduced the first ‘peace-of-mind’ plan for the solar PV market in Ontario – monitoring and maintenance packages that aim to provide production assurance and investment protection.

“Investing in a solar system or power plant is a major long-term financial undertaking that can deliver substantial returns over the lifespan of the PV system. Although solar PV systems have made major advances in efficiencies, too often the complexities of ownership and operations are understated,” reads the company statement.

Spark Solar has partnered with AS Solar Inc., of Toronto, Ont., to sell and distribute the plans across the province.

Regular maintenance and ongoing monitoring of a solar system are essential to maximizing power generation and minimizing financial risk, said Andrew Clark, CEO of Spark Solar.

“Most systems are underperforming by 32 percent, stretched over the life of your microFiT contract, and that equates to almost $92,000 in lost production revenue. Our solar monitoring and maintenance solution gives users the visibility required to maintain peak production and continue to operate a profitable solar power plant,” he added.

The packages all include site inspection, remote monitoring and preventative maintenance services, as well as system optimization, service and warranty management. And to round out the protection, the insurance plan covers mechanical breakdown during testing and commissioning, property and general liability insurance, business interruption insurance and boiler and maintenance insurance.

For more information, visit www.sparksolar.ca.