This Pason Power tool simplifies energy storage economic modeling

Pason Power Storage system

A new tool enabling the solar and energy storage industries to deploy with confidence is now available via Pason Power. The Storage Architect modeling software for energy storage project development puts economics first by forecasting a project’s economic value with the same optimization algorithm that runs autonomous energy storage systems in the field. With Storage Architect, Pason Power believes it can significantly reduce the risks to asset owners, installers, and financiers of overbuilding or underbuilding systems.

“With our platform, you don’t have to be a data scientist to get your solar plus storage projects from pencil-out to power-on,” said Bryce Evans, Success Manager at Pason Power. “Storage Architect gives energy project developers a precise projection of how much storage a site will require, what the payback period will be, and what the net present value of the system is. This enables energy project developers to zero-in on opportunities and deploy storage and solar plus storage projects with confidence.”

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Meet Pason Power

Pason Power Storage

Storage Architect is powered by an advanced machine learning platform built by a company with a legacy of over 24 years in the management and security of energy data. Pason Power is backed by its parent company, Pason Systems Inc., and leverages robust, industrial technology which has provided data acquisition and management for over 600,000 drilling sites worldwide, representing over $1 trillion in drilling operations globally. Pason enjoys one of the strongest balance sheets in the industry and has a 40-year track record of adding value through energy data.

“A major hurdle solar and storage installers face in project and proposal design is the inconsistency between the benefits that estimation tools predict customers will see from their renewable energy and storage projects, and how the completed systems actually perform in the field,” said Brent Harris, CTO of energy storage manufacturer Eguana Technologies Inc. “Pason Power offers a platform for storage estimation and operations that is powered by the same underlying analytics engine, which enables installers to present the cost and performance of several installation options to their customers with confidence.”

Storage Architect puts the power of advanced battery optimization and control algorithms into the hands of system integrators, project developers, as well as energy sustainability and efficiency consultants; enabling users to identify the economic viability of energy storage systems to perform demand charge management in concert with renewable energy generation. Upon system commissioning, the project configuration developed in Storage Architect is transferred to the advanced energy storage system providing a seamless transition from pencil-out to power-on.

— Solar Builder magazine

Seaward improves PV testing range, uses new I-V curve algorithm

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Solar test equipment manufacturer Seaward Group has relaunched the latest in its popular range of solar PV test equipment with new features to keep it at the forefront of the industry.

The new PV200/210 Complete Kit, which builds on the success of the original PV200 and 210 devices, has new functionality to boost performance and precision. Innovative new functions include a brand new I-V curve algorithm designed to produce higher resolution results.

Users will also find new messages that indicate if there has been a problem with the test – limiting occurrences of invalid tests and saving time on site. Even better, combiner box text leads and a mounting bracket are now included with every kit as standard – previously users had to purchase these separately.

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Michael Middlemast, category manager at Seaward, said: “We had a fantastic response to the original PV200 and 210 devices – which provide an intuitive and cost-effective way to measure the I-V curve of PV modules and strings. The improved level of accuracy makes the devices even more efficient to use –limiting downtime and increasing energy production.”

Seaward also announced exciting updates to the PV200/210’s software, SolarCert Elements V2. The latest version of the software now simply called SolarCert, enhances the I-V curve reporting function, allowing users to quickly and easily generate a report for thousands of strings.

— Solar Builder magazine

Watch: SnapNrack debuts Ultra Rail System at Solar Power International

SnapNrack debuted its new Ultra Rail System at Solar Power International this year, a lightweight rail solution for mounting solar modules on the roof. Ultra Rail, a lighter rail profile, is a more economical solution for projects in more average load conditions, especially when attachment spacing is already dictated by the existing roof structure and more mounts are needed to disperse the weight of the system.

SnapNrack believes when compared to a railless system, Ultra Rail is a more cost effective solution for customers installing on a mix of roof surfaces rather than one roof type for every install. The entire system is a snap to install utilizing new Ultra Rail Mounts that include snap-in brackets for attaching rail. The spring-loaded roof mounts provide superb full rail leveling capabilities and all components come pre-assembled for a unique install experience and easy tightening.

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SnapNrack’s wire management solutions are still compatible with the Ultra Rail System which features a large top rail channel providing ample room for wires and cables. Furthermore, the system is compatible with all existing module clamps and maintains the same intuitive install experience.

— Solar Builder magazine

More solar installers are now adding on home energy monitoring services

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Mentioned in our top storylines from SPI is the solar + storage + home automation space finally taking shape. While the full suite is officially here (via Sonnen), the demand isn’t there yet. A key step in that direction though is the proliferation of more home energy monitoring systems that engage and empower homeowners.

For example, more and more solar installers are diversifying their business by installing Sense, an intelligent home energy monitor that interprets the power usage and activity of devices in the home. More than 50 solar partners have joined the Sense partner program in over two dozen states and Canadian provinces where homeowners are embracing solar power.

The Sense home energy monitor tracks the power usage and activity of individual devices in the home, monitoring solar production and comparing it to home energy usage with overlaid graphs and historical trends. Home owners can instantly see their trends, adjust energy consumption, and find ways to become more efficient.

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For homeowners who are considering solar panels, Sense engages homeowners in analyzing their energy needs, giving them greater confidence in their decisions about the solar proposal. For their part, installers can develop more accurate proposals. Once the solar installation is live, homeowners can see how much energy they are producing compared to energy usage on a real-time basis in the Sense app. They can manage their home’s energy consumption daily, weekly and monthly, set goals and create alerts, making their investment more valuable in both the short and long term.

“Sense educates our customers about energy conservation in conjunction with getting solar,” said Amy Olsen, Director of Marketing with Wells Solar & Electrical Services in Texas. “Every Wells Solar customer gets a Sense with their solar installation. On our end, it gives us the ability to view energy usage if a customer has questions about their bill. We selected Sense over other energy monitors for its easily understood customer interface.”

The Sense partner program offers a variety of benefits including wholesale discounts, installation training and support, a fleet management dashboard so that solar partners can collaborate with homeowners on their energy usage, and the ability for partners to share branded content through Sense’s highly engaging app interface.

“Since adding Sense as a partner, we’re noticing our closing percentages increase and our customers are about as excited to get Sense installed as they are solar itself,” said Keith Murphy, President, Rising Sun Solar in Hawaii. “Sense provides a necessary tool on the back end to verify our production against the homeowner’s consumption and our original production estimates.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Modernize Appointments is a new marketing tool for small solar contractors

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Modernize, a home improvement contractor lead generation company, has launched Modernize Appointments, a new national offering designed to support smaller contractors who want to grow their businesses. Modernize Appointments provide contractors with requests from homeowners for in-home appointments at specific dates and times. These requests are delivered via email to contractors, who then evaluate the requests and confirm the appointments that fit their schedule. This offering will allow small contractors to scale their revenue growth in a predictable way without incurring the costs of traditional marketing methods such as canvassing or calling leads.

“Small contractors often lack both the marketing infrastructure required to generate customers who need the services they provide and the sales infrastructure to work leads produced by marketing services,” said Jason Polka, CEO of Modernize. “Our new offering gives contractors, especially smaller ones, the opportunity to capitalize on digital homeowner demand at the best time for their business regardless of their marketing and sales expertise.”

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Since the new Modernize Appointments service delivers homeowner appointment requests to small contractors, they can eliminate the time and effort it takes to create the lead and set in-home appointments themselves. This gives contractors the freedom to focus on revenue-generating activities.

— Solar Builder magazine