O&M

DOE seeks solar power situational awareness

The DOE has launched a program to find unique and innovative solutions that increase grid operators’ situational awareness of solar PV systems deployed throughout the grid at strategic locations – and that are seek to go beyond pure R&D, seeking field validation.

The consolidation continues: AlsoEnergy merges with Locus Energy

AlsoEnergy has acquired/merged with its third energy monitoring and asset management company this summer. This most recent move brings 25 GW and 190,000 projects under AlsoEnergy’s responsibility.

Expanding the definition of solar asset management

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Soltage VP Raj Soi discusses the hows and whys of having a dedicated asset management team for solar projects.

How to install solar power strong enough for a hurricane

The 2017 hurricane season gave analysts at the Rocky Mountain Institute a broad dataset of storm-related solar power plant outcomes, from which they have delivered a list failures and specification for high wind speed survival.

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Smart residential solar inverters prepping to run the grid

PG&E has filed an interim report on customer-sited behind-the-meter smart inverters. The utility sees strong potential benefit for the grid with this technology, but says more standardization and reliable communication protocols must be established before a broad roll-out can occur.

AI-infused drone O&M for solar farms – 50 minutes per MW

Aerospec Technologies offers portfolio level drone O&M data analysis services backed by machine learning to tell you exactly what’s happening with every single solar panel, in near real time.

Cypress Creek opens solar control center in North Carolina

The developer says the facility is one of the few NERC-CIP compliant control centers run by a solar company, and will manage nearly 2 GW of solar projects in 14 states.

Sunnova now offering solar + energy storage in California

Sunnova’s ‘SunSafe’ solar power plus energy storage product is focused on backup power during outages, avoiding peak charges in the evening.

The age of advanced data analytics is (almost) here

In this report from the Solar Asset Management North America 2018 conference, Kiterocket’s Tom Cheyney finds that whether it’s managing large solar portfolios or nascent energy storage assets, repowering older solar installations or buttoning up residential O&M, the smart use of data is key.

U.S. solar module to inverter ratio settles in around 1.25

The DC-AC ratio of U.S. solar plants has been increasing since it measured at just over 1.1 in 2001-2009, however, the average seems to have flattened at just above 1.25 in recent years.

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