Photovoltaic Sites (PV Farms)

1-Day Workshop Session

Photovoltaic panels are highly sensitive pieces of equipment that require periodic maintenance in order to avoid damage and improve efficiency. The photovoltaic workshop session discusses the the best methods in which to do this, and elaborates on the different work-flow procedures and equipment required for both ground-based PV surveys and aerial inspections.


  • 1-Day theoretical workshop session
  • Covers ground-based and UAV surveying
  • Choosing appropriate cameras (multispectral vs. infrared)
  • Requires no previous experience

Who Should Attend

  • Those new to the industry wishing to gain a basic understanding of photovoltaic surveys
  • Existing pilots looking to expand their range of services

Course Outcomes

  • Plan and optimise flight paths for efficient data collection

  • Learn how to collect ground-based data for corroborative reporting

  • How to set-up your remote sensing equipment for accurate data capture

  • Understand the appropriateness of infrared and multispectral detectors

Course Instructors

Steve Welland is an ex-forces instructor, CAA PfCO pilot and our UAV training manager. Steve has over 25 years of mechanical engineering and RC (Remote Control) flight experience, and is a fully qualified thermographer.

Ray Faulkner – founder of iRed Ltd – is an ex-airline jet captain with over 15 years of commercial flying experience. In addition to this, he is a CAA PfCO pilot and PCN Category 3 qualified. Ray currently sits on the BINDT CM working group, and is a committee member with BSI for ISO Standards involving thermography.

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Further Information

Course Details

The photovoltaic workshop session has been designed to give delegates a basic understanding of the equipment, methods, techniques and practices used in surveying solar farms.

Our workshop sessions are delivered in our purpose-built training facility in Emsworth, Hampshire (just outside of Portsmouth). The sessions, delivered by industry experts, usually run from 10am – 4pm including lunch and refreshments. If you’re interested in us delivering a workshop to your site or premises, get in touch on 01243 370 296 or email [email protected].

iRed Academy Awarding Body

£165 + VAT

Prices shown include tuition, course materials and daily lunch & refreshments.



CPD Hours

Awarding Body
iRed Academy

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