Working Toward a Universal Goal
Helping Solar Succeed!
By Brad Micallef, President and Managing Director & President
I think we can all agree that the fastest way to reduce carbon emissions is by reducing the need to burn fossil fuels with more renewable energy, including PV solar plants. The good news is that it’s happening by leaps and bounds! New development is driven by technology improvements, economic policy, and by removing barriers that allow integration of renewable resources into our existing transmission and distribution grids.
For larger utility-owned PV solar (generally above 20MW), the requirement to have a control system (SCADA); capable of realtime monitoring that can modify the operation of the generator to match grid conditions, is a necessity. These SCADA systems are highly specialized, require significant consulting and custom programming to commission, and can be a significant cost to purchase and support as well.
For smaller PV solar facilities, however (generally below 20MW), monitoring-only (DAS) systems with much slower 15-minute data intervals are more normal. The data from these systems is only used to analyze the performance of the solar plant and help identify issues that may need maintenance … they are not capable of control. These DAS systems are generally lower cost than their SCADA cousins and simply more affordable for smaller projects.
This creates a unique situation as these smaller utility scale PV solar are the fastest growing market for new installations; a growing fleet of uncontrolled distributed generating resources. This is not only a bit concerning, it is a natural barrier to market penetration for additional solar and storage too.
Understanding the challenges of costs, standardization, and operating requirements; Solar-Ops is launching myPV IQ specifically aimed to allow SCADA-level control features at DAS-level prices for the 20MW and below PV solar sector. myPV IQ is a family of hardware products and software platform that provide a complete solution for smaller utility scale and C&I PV solar projects.
The myPV IQ monitoring and control solution creates reliable communication to all of the PV solar plant’s inverters, meters, weather stations, and batteries. Build a reliable connected plant system with the myPV IQ product line of easy to install and highly flexible networked devices:
Each product provides network options for fiber, copper, or wireless; and has a battery back-up to ensure important alarm messages and monitored conditions are recorded to troubleshoot fault conditions. Whether you have your own SCADA package, RTU, DCS, or third-party monitoring system; these hardware components may be configured, installed, and connected to your system communicating Modbus TCP/IP for easy integration.
We didn’t stop with hardware though, the myPV IQ Software offers a complete software platform for monitoring and control as well.
The myPV IQ Software is installed on an industrial hardened computer provided by Solar-Ops and may be installed in any PV solar plant network connected location. The software interface is web-based and may be accessed securely on the plant network by users with a registered account.
Here's how myPV IQ helps solar succeed on a universal scale, using modular hardware components and powerful modern software:
Notable Features at-a-glance:
Some say the best way to predict the future is to invent it, and that’s just what we’ve set out to do at Solar-ops. We work on creating universal turnkey solutions daily, in the office and in the field, to help solar power succeed.
Solar Operations Solutions, LLC (Solar-Ops) is a full-service Utility Scale PV Solar O&M service provider and technology solutions developer. With over 100MW under management, and over 3GW of combined development and O&M experience, Solar-Ops has experience with a broad range of equipment, project locations, and utilities.