Domestic solar panels are now a familiar sight on the rooftops of the UK, but many people fail to carry out the necessary maintenance to make sure that they are getting the most from their investment. Faults in your PV panel, either caused during the installation process or occurring over time, can not only mean that your panel’s productivity falls. It can also become a fire risk and so many solar companies recommend a biennial inspection to ensure safety as well as optimal performance.

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Domestic Solar Panel Inspection by Photographic 15m Mast

Of course, the vast majority of solar panels are installed on sloping roofs which can make a manual inspection difficult and invasive scaffolding or a cherry picker may be required and there is always a risk of damage to the roof itself during the inspection process.

So, it’s not surprising that many people put off the cost and inconvenience of inspection if there no visible issues.

However, thermography using a commercial photography mast can complete a detailed panel inspection quickly, simply, and cheaply with further maintenance only then being required if a fault is found. One simple inspection every two years under the right conditions can be all that it takes to make sure that your solar panels stay safe and efficient. With many panels being covered by a long term warranty, there’s a good chance that fault repairs will be at no cost to the panel owner as well!

Mast Thermography of your solar panel can detect

  • Faulty cells

  • Electrical issues

  • PID faults

  • String errors

  • Defective Diodes

  • Delamination and internal corrosion

  • Cracks and Breaks

  • Bird and Snail debris

  • Inverter problems

Domestic PV panel Inspection
Domestic solar panel panel Inspection

All of these issues can be visualised without ever touching the panels or roof structure – making it the perfect routine inspection tool.

When the use of a drone is neither legal nor appropriate, a 15m Mast can be a fast and efficient diagnostic tool to pinpoint faults when electricity production has dipped to be able to give to your panel maintenance provider.

Drone Media Imaging can deploy a thermal imaging camera on top of a 15m mast at a very competitive rate when compared to using a drone, wherever you are in the UK.  We are also qualified as category 2 thermographers which means that we understand the correct thermal conditions necessary to create meaningful and accurate data, along with the correct interpretation, and can provide you with a detailed inspection report which will show you where the faults are.

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Masts are not required to remain a 30m/50m distance from People, Property, Vessels and Vehicles. This allows us to get in close for all inspection work whether filming video or capturing photographic of Thermal images


Unlike Drone flights, Masts are not restricted by time due to battery depletion. This means that with Mast photography, video and thermal capture the session can continue for much longer periods of time, capturing much more


Drones can not fly in bad weather conditions, unlike Mast photography, video and thermal capture when using appropriate weather protected coverings/material, sessions can continue in rain and much higher wind conditions. 

The following camera technology is available with Mast Photography, Video and Thermal Imaging


Uncompromising image quality and a thoroughly professional performance producing 30.4 Megapixels, 4K Video, GPS and RAW image workflow. The camera can shoot 7 fps and HDR Movie along with Time-lapse Movie


The Zenmuse Z30 is the most powerful integrated aerial zoom camera on the market with 30x optical and 6x digital zoom for a total magnification up to 180x.  It enables you to get a detailed look at structures to detect damage.


The Zenmuse XT is developed by market leaders FLIR and DJI. It provides high-sensitivity (50mK) thermal imaging at 640/30 fps. Radiometric technology allows pixel level accurate temperature measurements or select an area to display average, highest, and lowest temperatures within the selection.


The Zenmuse X5S has a dynamic range of 12.8 stops using a Micro 4/3 sensor. Capable of capturing 5.2K 30fps video as well as 4K 60fps using H.264 and 4K 30fps using H.265 (both at 100Mbps). Continuous DNG burst shooting at 20fps with 20.8MP images is also supported.

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