This summer has seen the solar team at its busiest for many years. We have had more enquires than ever for commercial-scale solar installations and O&M contracts. With the growing interest in solar PV we thought we would introduce you to a crucial member of our Solar team, Lorna Blewett, our Solar Operations & Maintenance Support Administrator. Lorna joined us in October 2017 and has been an integral part of our team ever since.
Can you give us a brief overview of your role?
I look after our contracted solar sites by arranging and scheduling maintenance visits, grounds maintenance and panel cleans. I keep our customers updated with any issues and quote for remedial works. I also calculate the monthly performance and availability of the sites and analyse the data.
How does a typical day start for you?
I would start the day by checking my emails and the monitoring portals of our larger solar farms, checking for any faults to see if there are any priority actions to take and if the engineers need to be redirected at all. I would then start my planned tasks for the day while responding to anything new coming in.
What made you want to get into renewable energy?
I’ve always had an interest in renewable energy and it’s nice to know that I’m playing a small part in the movement towards clean energy sources.
Why is your role so important to our customers?
I help to ensure that our customers are maximizing their generation and their systems are working effectively to bring them the maximum income.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
It’s great when a project you have been planning for a while finally comes together successfully.
Do you have any fascinating facts about solar panels that we don’t know?
Solar Panels are a standard feature on satellites.
What’s the most interesting part of your job?
I enjoy the challenge of problem solving when an issue arises, be it on site or something logistically.
What gameshow would you have the best chance at?
What is your signature recipe?
Carrot cake or something savoury would be Green Thai curry!