8 O&M independent solar monitoring software

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.

•    Inaccess 

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

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.

•    GreenPower Monitor

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.

•    BaxEnergy

A software environment for all activities of power plant owners, managers, operators, technicians and consultants to reduce costs, save time and increase production.

•    Skytron Energy

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

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.

•    Meteo Control

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.

•    Solar Log

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

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New business opportunities from digital energy technologies

We’re entering an era of massive change in the energy sector. Renewables are demanding for new capabilities: data collection and exchange are growing exponentially, creating digital threats which are at the same time valuable opportunities.  

These opportunities are present for all the renewables actors, but let’s dive in in each category’s new revenue opportunities:

Asset management: Highest system performance at the lowest maintenance cost

In the digital era O&M companies are able to automate their asset management. Thanks to dozens of systems they can automate most of the tasks, such as financial and performance reporting, contracts management, and improve their results from many other tools, leading to a more efficient asset management.

Energy trading: Managing price volatility in the energy markets

This is a revenue opportunity for asset managers and sometimes O&M companies. Indeed, energy trading has never been so simple, thanks to lots of energy trading and risk management (ETRM) and load optimization software in the market. Nowadays’ applications can cover all aspects of a transaction lifecycle, eliminating any chance of human error while aggregating, blending, and analyzing inputs from all data sources, which allows you to manage and automate your energy trading.

Energy communities: Allowing multiple participants to benefit from one solar array.

In liberalized markets, PV developers and system integrators with strong technical and financial background can operate energy communities. Many tools allow to automate the billing process, optimize complex energy production, storage and consumption systems and trade energy or flexibility sources in electricity markets. So, thanks to the digital energy these companies can now compete with larger utilities.

Aggregators: Maintain grid stability and reliability.

Today it seems that every energy trader and power producer wants to become an aggregator of renewable energy, storage or demand response resources. They can do this, by exploiting the aggregation and real-time action of energy assets and industrial loads can provide accurate frequency regulation and demand response. Nowadays energy trading softwares operate in an asset-agnostic environment that leverages open APIs for asset integration. This enables various DER asset types and tailors optimization needs to the specific value proposition in any geography. 

 

Indeed, the software necessary to achieve all these great opportunities is out there, companies just need to understand what they really want to achieve and go for it.

This is the third 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:

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