BLOG POSTS - 2020

BLOG POSTS - 2020

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    Now Anyone Can Try myPV IQ With No Risk

  • April 2020
    Utility Grade Monitoring For C&I Installations

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    An Alternative Approach To The Interconnection

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    myPV’s Cloud Offering Reaches It’s First BETA! 

April 2020

UTILITY-GRADE MONITORING FOR C&I INSTALLATIONS

By Brad Micallef, President and Managing Director & President

For over a decade my professional career, and the focus of the companies I have worked for, has been laser focused on the needs of utility-scale projects ranging from 1MW to over 300MW.


While the utility-scale sector of our industry holds plenty of opportunity and challenge, the Commercial & Industrial (C&I) represents another fast growing and large segment of the solar industry at large.


Recently, myPV IQ was deployed at a large industrial customer for the purpose of monitoring both the buildings’ loads and the rooftop solar arrays.


For myself professionally, this is the first building load study I’ve ever participated in, and given the high resolution 1m data intervals myPV IQ presents, the results are incredibly enlightening.


A common statement from Utility’s regarding PV solar generation (and most renewables) is that these generators are intermittent, and hence difficult to integrate on the grid.


Examining this industrial buildings loads it becomes quite clear that large electrical consumers are also “intermittent” with unpredictable loads influencing the grid too.

If that’s the case, why don’t we hear Utilities talking about how difficult it is to integrate these “intermittent” loads too?


I believe there are three (3) perspectives to consider here, all of which have far reaching impacts to how renewables and grid integration are considered:

  • 1. Any one load may be intermittent, but when many loads are present they average out.

    Arguably there are many, many, many ore loads on the grid than intermittent generators. The grid has grow to support the ever increasing number and magnitude of loads through infrastructure expansions in the way of generators, sub-stations, and wires. This is a paradigm the Utility’s see as their core business; servicing the demand for increasing loads.
  • 2. If there were more intermittent generators, wouldn’t they average out too?

    Yes, it is reasonable to assume they would in the same manner that intermittent loads do over large areas. The challenge for a Utility is however that they do not have the granularity to observe, nor control many of these intermittent generators to become operationally aware and when necessary take actions to coordinate those resources. Those resources are unseen and essential free-wheeling without control.
  • 3. Energy storage is part of the integration solution, but a DER interface is needed too.

    While energy storage can be seen as essential; it allows for smoothing, firming, and dispatch … all items that are nearly impossible to accomplish with PV solar Facility’s today. The lack of Utility visibility and control of these assets is still underserved. In the West, organizations including CAISO have shown how distributed energy resources (DERs) can be monitored and controlled for the purpose of market forecasting, scheduling, and coordination.  Hopefully, we’ll see additional markets adopt simliar system in the near future.


myPV IQ us uniquely positioned to support both energy storage integration and utility DER interfaces.


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