Remotely monitoring off-grid solar systems

By: Doug Grubbs, applications engineer at Morningstar Corp. Being able to remotely monitor PV systems is important to reducing time and costs associated with site visits. This is obviously especially important for off-grid systems, which are often in even harder to reach or remote areas—geological monitoring, mines, telecom, industrial automation and agriculture applications. Other, more

SPW picks for the top solar product characteristics of 2016

This year, new consumer product features allow you to track your sleep, take a 3D deep sea dive in a shark cage and even toss digital confetti in birthday text messages. Likewise, new features of products are enhancing our lives in solar. Below, you’ll see products that incorporate cutting-edge technologies using chip integration, diamond-like materials,

Draker and Inaccess work to provide round-the-clock customer service

Draker Corporation (“Draker”), a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueNRGY Group Limited (OTC:CBDEF) and Inaccess, global leaders in monitoring and control solutions for optimized performance of distributed power generation, today announced the commencement of enhanced customer and technical support to provide round-the-clock coverage for its systems and software deployed on customer solar installations globally. Beginning in

Zeversolar: New app for cloud-based PV system monitoring

Zeversolar, a subsidiary company of leading inverter manufacturer SMA , has launched a new app for monitoring PV systems via smartphone. The app accesses cloud-based monitoring portal ZeverCloud, and versions for both Android and iOS are available. No matter where they are, PV system operators can use it to access current and historical yield data

Merrill Farms partners with Alta Energy to Harvest Solar

Alta Energy, a renewable energy solutions provider, today announced the deployment of solar energy for Merrill Farms, a fourth-generation Salinas, California vegetable and berry grower. The solar projects will generate approximately $60,000 per acre of revenue annually and gross energy savings of approximately $12 million over 25 years. In addition, 505 metric tons of carbon dioxide

How Solar-Log monitoring products improve solar projects

In this Solar Speaks podcast, we learn about the Solar-Log line of monitoring products, which provide integrated monitoring and plant evaluation for projects of any scope. Solar-Log marketing manager Anne Nelson discusses the ROI of Solar-Log products, as well as how they benefit solar installers.

Vaisala supports 30% of solar auction submissions in Argentina

Argentina will hold its first renewable energy auction on October 12 and the auction is fast-moving and competitive. The bidding deadline earlier this month attracted more than 2.8 GW of solar bids for only 300 MW of PV (photovoltaic) projects and 30 percent of the solar due diligence reports for these bids were delivered by

Q&A: Farid Dibachi, CEO and founder of JLM Energy

During a press breakfast at Intersolar NA this year, I was impressed by JLM Energy’s approach to renewable energy and storage. I asked the company’s CEO and founder Farid Dibachi to share more. Here’s why JLM Energy may be a good choice for your residential, up through utility solar customers.  SPW: What have you been able

Solar Data Systems announces new and enhanced features for Solar-Log revenue-grade commercial meter

Solar Data Systems, Inc. has announced the launch of the new enhanced design of the Solar-Log Commercial Revenue Grade Meter, providing the ultimate turnkey solution for measuring solar PV plant performance. The Solar-Log Commercial Revenue Grade metering solution supports single (split) or three phase service and provides ANSI class 0.2 certified solar PV metering. It is easy

Vaisala provides low-cost online tool to cut model uncertainty, reduce solar resource risk

Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has launched an innovative Solar Time Series Tool that will allow solar project developers, operators, and engineering teams to minimize long-term resource risk and improve energy estimates. The new subscription-based service removes the barriers of cost and time in accessing multiple high quality solar resource datasets.