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Maximize Energy Production of Distributed PV
by Staff Writers
Kirkland WA (SPX) Oct 18, 2012


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Clean Power Research has introduced SolarAnywhere SystemCheck services that provide consistent, real-time PV performance baselines for cost-effective management of distributed PV fleets. With SystemCheck, residential leasing companies, installer and financing networks, and monitoring companies have, for the first time, a reliable, affordable alternative to onsite measurement equipment for comparing expected system performance to actual performance.

As a result, third-party owners are able to optimize operation of their distributed residential and commercial PV resources to maximize energy production and return on investment, and monitoring companies are able to offer new, lower-cost benchmarking features to their customers.

"When it comes to optimizing PV power production, it's not enough to know how much power a system is producing," said Jeff Ressler, president of Software Services at Clean Power Research.

"You also need to know how much it should be producing based on the location, system specifications and actual solar resource at any given time. Clean Power Research is uniquely positioned to provide both the consistent, high-quality irradiance data and system-specific power generation data needed to benchmark performance. SolarAnywhere SystemCheck makes it possible to cost-effectively track and manage performance of a single system or distributed fleets - whether located down the street or across the country - and take corrective action when needed to get the most out of PV investments."

SystemCheck provides a real-time feed of modeled PV system production via an application programming interface (API) for use in custom-software solutions. Production is calculated using SolarAnywhere irradiance data and a PV production model based on work done at Sandia National Labs. With SystemCheck, users can:

+ Access an affordable, reliable data source - A cost-effective option to on-site irradiance or meteorological measurement hardware that must be purchased, installed and maintained.

+ Benchmark production against a consistent source - Accurately benchmark to a consistent data source that is not subject to onsite equipment variations caused by miscalibration, soiling or shading.

+ Track performance to real-time production values or project revenues - In addition to accessing real-time power generation data for performance benchmarking, SystemCheck users can utilize SolarAnywhere typical year data to project future revenues for planning and reporting.

+ Get industry-leading irradiance data accuracy - Third-party research confirms that SolarAnywhere satellite-derived irradiance data leads the industry in accuracy, making it the trusted source of time-series data for utility scale developers and independent engineering firms for bankability studies. In addition, SolarAnywhere irradiance data accuracy is comparable to on-site hardware accuracy, which studies have shown can vary with equipment make and model; ancillary weather conditions such as temperature and placement; and maintenance issues such as calibration, soiling and shading.

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