When it comes to monitor solar production and equipment, there are two basic choices one can make: rely on the information coming from the monitoring system of the inverter provider or implement an independent software.
Independent software providers allow to ingest large amounts of data and aggregate the information regardless of the hardware. Within their web portals, they give you the right information about what’s happening and why, through a dedicated user interface.
These companies usually provide a comprehensive Service Ticket Management, Vendor Management and Contract Management System to assist O&M managers with their O&M needs.
Some of the basic benefits of adopting such systems include:
• Optimizing production by ensuring minimum outages and downtime.
• Managing asset warranty and maintenance for increasing asset life and reducing risk.
• Ensuring the compliance with utility companies and regulation authorities.
• Full control over the performance, production, operational issues and project risks.
Here it follows a list of the most important independent solar monitoring systems in the market.
Unity for Solar is an integrated, vendor independent solution for the centralized management of geographically distributed solar plants. As a Solar Plant Monitoring System, it offers accurate fault recognition and real time performance monitoring according to IEC 61724 standard.
QOS Energy powers Qantum, a cloud renewable O&M analytics & monitoring software solution dedicated the management of renewable energy plants and storage facilities. Qantum enables clients to increase power production, optimise operation and maintenance processes and maximise returns.
GPM’s platform provides an immediate reading of data which minimizes reaction time. Its proprietary command module can act directly on remote devices to change their state immediately.
A software environment for all activities of power plant owners, managers, operators, technicians and consultants to reduce costs, save time and increase production.
The PVGuard® SupervisionPlatform continuously monitors your renewable energy power plants, constantly updates your plant portfolio and promptly alerts you to problems. Its integrated alarm management simplifies fault tracking.
Locus Energy’s LocusNOC™ (Network Operation Center) is a cloud-based software application providing enterprise-class tools for PV market stakeholders to collect, organize, and assess performance data from a diverse set of solar PV assets.
The safer’Sun Professional and VCOM monitoring systems ensure smooth system operation. They offer detailed analysis and assessment of performance, instant alarms in the event of faults and regular reporting.
As the global leader in independent, residential, and commercial solar PV monitoring, Solar-Log’s industry-leading functionality offers best-in-class solar plant fleet management, tools to optimize consumption of self-produced power, and intelligent grid feed-in control.
Independent solar monitoring systems become crucial when the O&M or the manager of the solar plant portfolio begins to struggle in switching between more than 5 or 10 inverter-based monitoring solutions.
Even though it comes at a cost, at the end you will notice that the improvements in operational efficiencies and plants’ performance well overcome the expenses.
This is the one of a series of articles, where we take a look at how energy companies can boost their performances through digital energy. In this series we will discuss:
- New revenue opportunities in the digital energy era
- Main struggles with energy monitoring and management software
- Vertical all in one solutions Vs. Building your own energy software