Advantages of quantitative over manual monitoring in distributed solar systems
The Smart Solar Management Platform (SSMP) allows quantitative assessment of distributed solar PV performance, which is a key technological approach to transform standard manual (qualitative) solar monitoring into predictive solar management.
Quantitative monitoring is a standard for large-scale solar PV facilities of utility and industrial scale, but in the commercial and residential segments it is rarely utilized due to the high cost of high-tier weather sensors and the need for sensors' maintenance and calibration. There are however also alternatives which are better suited for the distributed solar segment - one involving satellite sensing and another with sensorless approach such as Soltell's SWMP technology.
In this recent example from one of our commercial fleet clients, a 125kW rooftop PV system has experienced a malfunction in one of the string trackers, lowering the overall output of the system by nearly 10%. Obviously, when knowing something is wrong - one can notice the curve differences, but as human operators attempt to perform daily manual monitoring upon hundreds of PV facilities such nuances are left unnoted.
Let us summarize: a commercial 125kW PV system with 10% more solar energy production and 90% less human labor in operations. We shall continue transformimg solar O&M with advanced Industrial IoT powered automation.
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