Cypress Creek moved into the big leagues of operations & maintenance (O&M) today, with the opening of a new control center in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Out of its Cypress Creek Control Center (C4), the solar developer will monitor 232 rooftop, distributed and utility-scale solar projects across 14 states totaling 2 GW, every hour of the year.
C4 will be staffed by 60 workers, and the company notes the importance of having a center for its operations and maintenance (O&M) services. “Operations and maintenance is an important and growing business for the solar industry and for Cypress Creek,” notes CEO Matthew McGovern. “We now have the team, infrastructure and technology to deliver exceptional customer service and system performance.”
Cypress Creek also says that the 700 square foot center is one of the few control centers run by a solar-only company that is compliant with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) program. The developer notes that it hired 22 additional workers to meet the “stringent” cyber-security and reliability requirements of CIP.
In addition to 24/7 monitoring, C4 will also support predictive maintenance and vegetation management.
Cypress Creek is not the first solar O&M provider to recognize the advantages of having a state-of-the-art control center to manage it projects. First Solar runs on Operations Center in Tempe, Arizona that is also NERC-CIP compliant and monitors 5 GW of solar assets around the globe.