30 Mar '15, 2pm

How Many 9s of Accuracy: The Future of Solar Performance Benchmarking

How Many 9s of Accuracy: The Future of Solar Performance Benchmarking

But while SolarCity’s purchase of Zep directly affected only a small percentage of the industry, Vivint Solar’s move to acquire Solmetric cast a more philosophical shadow. Almost everyone in the solar industry depends on a SunEye — released in the mid-2000s to automate and increase the accuracy of data recorded using the Solar Pathfinder , a long-standing industry standard for shade analysis — at some point in the project lifecycle to benchmark system performance and quantify shade impacts. From incentive programs to third-party financiers to performance modeling tools, measurement verification with Solmetric products has been deeply integrated into nearly the entire ecosystem of solar projects. Now, a year later, Vivint Solar announced its decision that the SunEye had “reached the end of the product lifecycle” and has discontinued the hardware as well as related software ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015...

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