Using Drone Thermography to Inspect your Domestic Solar Panels

Thermal image of domestic solar panel shot by drone thermal imaging camera

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 panel, either caused during the installation process or occurring over time, can not only mean that your panel’s productivity falls.  It can also cause a fire risk and so many companies recommend a biennial inspection to ensure safety as well as optimal performance.

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 an inspection if there no visible issues.  However, drone thermography can complete a detailed panel inspection quickly, simply and cheaply with maintenance teams only then being required if a fault is found. One simply flight 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 warrant, there’s a good chance that fault repairs will be at no cost to the panel owner as well!

Drone Thermography of your solar panel can detect

  • Faulty cells
  • PID faults
  • String errors
  • Defective Diodes

All of these can be visualised without ever touching the panels or roof structure – making it the perfect routine inspection tool.  Drones can also be a fast and efficient diagnostic tool to pinpoint faults when production has dipped to be able give to your panel maintenance provider.

Drone Media Imaging can fly a state of the art thermal imaging camera on one of our top of the range UAVs for a very competitive rate, wherever you are in the UK.  We are also qualified thermographers which means that we also understand the correct flight conditions necessary to create meaningful and accurate data and provide you with a detailed inspection report. Just get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Domestic solar panels inspected by drones with aerial thermography camera