Solar Resource Monitoring
Solar monitoring refers to the effort by solar project operators to continually observe and optimize the energy output from a solar power plant. A variety of meteorological and other parameters are continuously monitored at each power-producing facility and are used as the basis upon which to evaluate the system’s electricity generation. We refer to this measurement of a solar plant's fuel as 'Solar Resource Monitoring' - an important subset of plant-level monitoring and the denominator in the critical Performance Ratio (PR) metric (energy produced / energy available).
Inefficiencies at the module, string, and system-wide levels can be detected by tracking electrical output side-by-side with accurate measurements of the site’s solar irradiance, temperature, and wind conditions. This information can be used to trigger real-time maintenance and to build optimal long-term preventative maintenance and cleaning programs specific to each site.
We have leveraged 36+ years of expertise in the design and manufacture of complete meteorological systems for the wind and solar energy industries to create our SRM System.