SunShot solar forecasting program receives top honors from Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group

The SunShot Initiative’s solar forecasting program, launched in 2012, spearheaded a collaborative effort to develop real-world solutions to improve the accuracy, flexibility, and geospatial capabilities of solar forecasts. And now, the program and an Energy Department scientist are receiving the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group’s 2017 Annual Achievement Awards, which honor energy professionals for their success

Solar product warranties vs. workmanship warranties—what’s the deal?

This article is reposted with permission from Direct Energy Solar. See the original blog here.  As you begin your search for photovoltaic installers, you’ll likely come across two similar-sounding concepts: Solar product warranties Solar workmanship warranties But what do these two terms mean exactly? And how do they differ? Solar product warranties defined Solar product warranties are

Solar-Log reaches 11-GW milestone, monitoring 260,000 solar PV plants worldwide

According to GTM Research report, ‘Global PV Monitoring 2016-2020: Markets, Trends and Leading Players’, Solar-Log is the largest independent software vendor for residential and commercial solar PV monitoring. Last month, Solar-Log surpassed 260,000 plants monitored world-wide, solidifying its position as the global market leader in these segments. Installers, plant operators and owners across the globe have placed

Fronius gives its online portal a new look for easier, more accurate monitoring

Fronius Solar Energy has overhauled its Fronius Solar.web online portal for photovoltaic systems. The portal has a new look clear to allow operators to easily monitor and analyse data from their own system(s). Among the new features available is a remote update function for the inverter software, which the user can initiate at a click

Ask a Vet: The importance of telling a great story with Solar-Log’s Anthony Conklin

In our second edition of our newly launched Ask a Vet podcast, we got a chance to speak with Anthony Conklin, president and general manager for Solar Data Systems North America. Solar Data Systems’ Solar-Log monitoring platform is used in residential and commercial PV projects and is compatible with more than 100 brands of inverters.

How to know when you need asset management software

Blog by Edmee Kelsey originally published on 3megawatt.com.   Knowing the right time for solar project owners or operators to invest in software solutions can make or break the future success of their portfolios. Currently, most renewable energy assets are managed using conventional tools like excel, outlook, email and phone calls. These platforms can be an effective

The year drone technology gets fully integrated in solar operations for AES

Measure, a “Drone as a Service” operator, has partnered with The AES Corporation to scale and leverage its drone service to inspect AES energy infrastructure in 17 countries. The use of the drone technology is expected to help AES improve safety and avoid more than 30,000 hours of hazardous work per year with safer and

3megawatt integrates monitoring with QOS Qantum, Locus, 3E SynaptiQ and SolarEdge

3megawatt, developer of solar asset management platform BluePoint, recently completed new monitoring system integrations. BluePoint asset management platform now also integrates with QOS Qantum, Locus, 3E SynaptiQ and SolarEdge   BluePoint helps clients to replace manual labor-intensive processes in renewable asset management with an easy-to-implement, easy-to-use and easy-to-maintain application. 3megawatt noted that companies that use BluePoint have significantly

Vaisala ships first units of new solar weather station

Vaisala has launched a new, ready-to-install solar weather station that provides all of the instrumentation required by solar project developers, operators and their engineering teams for best practice resource assessment and monitoring. The SP-12 Solar Weather Station, which has already been successfully deployed at multiple locations across the United States and Canada, completes Vaisala’s platform

What is the life expectancy of a solar array?

According to SEIA, solar PV systems have life expectancies of upwards of 30 years. However, even if the panels are guaranteed by the manufacturer to last that long, what about the rest of the components that make your array work? We looked at the different warranties offered by typical solar array components to help you