California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Fat Spaniel Technologies Inc. has unveiled a new family of Lifecycle Management solutions for the solar industry. Fat Spaniel Solar Plant Vision and Solar Operations Services build on the company’s solutions that are already being used in 2,500 solar photovoltaic (PV) plants around the world.
This first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) edition of Solar Plant Vision meet the needs of solar PV plant operators and project developers. For customers that want a turnkey service, Solar Operations Services complement the company’s SaaS offering with a staff of operations experts that oversee and manage daily operations.
“Until recently, the primary focus of the renewable energy industry has been on improving and augmenting generation to drive costs down to accelerate the rate of adoption,” said Al Velosa, research director at Gartner. “However, many are only now beginning to realize that efficient life-cycle and performance management is essential in achieving these goals, leading to increased asset value and reduced risk. As we work to create a low carbon economy, the use of IT marks the next benchmark for solar. In fact, the use of IT will be essential to facilitate the solar industry’s business model.”
Solar Plant Vision:
Solar Plant Vision services deliver predictive capabilities that address complete lifecycle management. Tailored to operations and maintenance (O&M) teams and project managers, the solutions help optimize solar plant production and overall portfolio performance. Complete operational and diagnostic data is collected continually; environmental data can be gathered from plant locations or downloaded from satellite services. Capabilities are focused in three areas:
- Plant management: A full range of device monitoring, troubleshooting, and performance tracking maximizes production while minimizing costs.
- Revenue management: Billing and reporting features simplify financial and compliance management efforts.
- Marketing and education: Real-time portfolio status can be displayed on Internet-connected PCs to educate energy consumers, or displayed in kiosks located in lobbies, retail stores, and other public places where clean energy can be promoted and marketed.
Solar Operation Services (SOS):
SOS combines Fat Spaniel’s Lifecycle Management platform with an experienced staff that delivers plant management based on customer-defined service-level agreements. To accommodate future insourcing, a build-operate-transfer (BOT) option can be included. Both short- and long-term SOS contracts give customers complete flexibility, and make it easy to adjust for business and operations dynamics.
The solutions are exepected to be available later this year.