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Get solar performance analytics at scale with the standardized SysMap data service

Updated: May 21

We are happy to announce the SysMap solar performance analytics data service upgrade to comply with the Orange Button (OB) data standard, designed for Distributed Energy Resources (DERs). You can now get Soltell's solar PV performance analytics for residential, commercial and industrial PV plants without installing weather sensors or relying on satellite data, and it is fully standard-compliant. The Orange Button standard is a data format that aims to standardize the collection and exchange of data related to Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) such as solar panels and energy storage systems. The standard provides a common language for DER data that can be used by solution providers, integrators, utilities, regulators, and other stakeholders to support the integration of these resources into the grid.

SysMap enables Smart Solar Measurement powered by Soltell's Sensorless technology, through which the health metrics of distributed solar systems are obtained remotely. The health metrics (ratings) of analyzed solar photovoltaic systems include Energy Performance and Power Performance Indices, System Availability, Soiling Ratio, and the combined Intactness Index, which is the most comprehensive rating for such systems. Additionally, SysMap provides complementary performance analytics, enabling automatic detection of the underlying issues behind plant degradation and unutilized performance potential. SysMap is integrated into energy management systems and solar software solutions where accurate and cost-effective energy performance analytics are crucial.

SysMapData API Interface
Fig 1. Soltell's SysMap API interface designed to provide PV performance analytics data to energy management systems and solar software solutions.

The Orange Button Initiative was developed by the US Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office in collaboration with the SunSpec Alliance, a trade association of distributed energy industry participants. The initiative was launched in 2016 with the goal of creating a standardized data format for the solar industry that could be adopted across different software platforms and technologies. The standard was developed through a collaborative process that involved stakeholders from across the solar industry, including utilities, solar companies, and software vendors. Today, the Orange Button standard is an open source standard, maintained by the OB Working group including Sandia National Laboratories, Blu Banyan and other stakeholders, and is available for use by anyone in the solar industry.

One of the reasons why the Orange Button standard is important for distributed energy resources is the streamlines data collection and exchange: currently, DER data is often collected and stored in various formats that are not interoperable. This makes it difficult to aggregate and analyze data across different systems. The Orange Button standard provides a consistent and standardized format for DER data, making it easier to collect, store, and exchange information across different platforms. In addition, the standard Improves grid integration: The standardization of DER data can help utilities better understand how DERs are interconnected and how they impact the grid. This information can be used to optimize grid operations, improve reliability, and integrate DERs into grid planning and forecasting.

Furthermore, the standard facilitates regulatory compliance: The Orange Button standard can help utilities and other stakeholders comply with regulatory requirements related to DER data reporting. By providing a standardized format for data collection and exchange, the standard can simplify compliance and reduce the burden on stakeholders.

Finally, the Orange Button standard enables market participation: The standard can facilitate the participation of DERs in energy markets by providing a consistent format for data exchange. This can help DERs monetize their services by participating in demand response programs, energy storage systems, and other market-based programs. Overall, the Orange Button standard is an important tool for integrating DERs into the grid. It provides a consistent and standardized format for data collection and exchange that can support grid optimization, regulatory compliance, and market participation. By adopting the standard, utilities and other stakeholders can unlock the full potential of DERs and create a more sustainable and resilient energy system.

Interested in the SysMap:Data solution powered with Sensorless technology, to accurately measure PV performance without expensive weather sensor hardware? Fill-in the demo request form or contact us to get more details.

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