Solar Asset Management is the process of monitoring and maintaining solar panels and PV systems. This includes inspecting the solar panels for damage, cleaning them to ensure they are working properly and monitoring the performance of the solar panels.

After asset managers experience their first major repair or lengthy shutdown, they’re often left with the same key takeaway: they cannot wait for challenges to appear. Successful asset managers anticipate the possibility of setbacks and address potential roadblocks before they significantly impact profit margins.

It’s not a one-person job.

Leaders in the renewable energy industry build resiliency in their teams and drive results through productivity-boosting initiatives. By taking measures to boost their team’s efficiency, asset managers ensure every team member has the tools to make the most significant impact in their role.

How does a collaborative culture boost productivity?

Improving lines of communication creates the foundation for efficiency. Expectations, timelines, and roles must be communicated clearly to complete a task effectively.

For example, by making the communication phase a collaborative one, asset managers stand the best chance of getting their needs understood. Asset managers may not have the time to discuss every step along the way, so utilizing collaborative workspaces can significantly impact this department.

Stay organized to drive results.

Keeping track of a project’s sub-tasks and deadlines and updating notes in a centralized platform helps your team stay connected and improves efficiency by removing the need for redundant conversations. Once something is decided and updated in your collaborative workspace, everyone involved sees the update.

A collaborative culture tightens team cohesion and increases productivity.

Working in a hybrid model has encouraged many asset managers to reimagine their workspaces with efficiency in mind. Using software solutions, asset managers can allocate work in a way that helps their team expand their expertise and shine in their role. Being able to access information in a centralized location has a positive impact on teams.

Everyone starts on the same page and is kept up to speed around the clock.

What does effective collaboration look like?

Open Discussion ➡️
Your team stands a better chance to collaborate effectively if they can have honest discussions. Asset managers should be ready to ask the right questions and dig deeper into specific points. Doing so becomes even more accessible with data that is updated in real-time and analytics in place to spot potential issues early. With all the information at their fingertips, asset managers can encourage open dialogue for problem-solving and plan to outline.

A Diverse Team ➡️
By building and fostering an inclusive and diverse team, asset managers assemble a group where every team member brings a unique perspective and skill set to the workplace. Collaboration benefits from more views, especially during brainstorming.

Group Huddles and Brainstorming ➡️
Asset managers who encourage team huddles and brainstorming sessions when appropriate discover the benefits of having the team contribute ideas and work towards innovative solutions to benefit their projects.

Implementing guidelines for effective communication improves productivity.

Establishing communication conventions for your team will also go a long way to improve efficient collaboration throughout the work week. Giving team members examples of the types of content that should be communicated over email, Vs a direct message or a project management tool will help keep lines of communication effective.

Collaboration is pivotal but works even better when thought has gone into when and how the team can come together to brainstorm, plan, or solve a problem.

Phil Obendorf
Phil is the CEO at PowerHub. His mission is to use technology to create and execute innovative solutions that contribute to the growth of the renewable energy industry and mitigate climate change. He loves the city of Toronto which he calls home.

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