Solar-Log USA rolls out PV system monitoring as a service with Solar-Log WEB-4U

SolarLog WEB 4U

Solar monitoring services are valuable to the solar system owners and to installers as an ongoing part of their relationship with the customer. Solar Data Systems is rolling out the latest service in its line of Solar-Log performance monitoring and energy management solutions, Solar-Log WEB-4U. With this service, Solar-Log professionals can pro-actively monitor solar plant performance from one central command unit.

Solar-Log WEB-4U is an excellent service option for small installers looking to increase their O&M arm without a substantial increase in overhead. It is also an excellent option for large installers with a big commercial and/or residential fleet. As a valuable time and cost savings tool, Solar-Log WEB-4U provides a way for installers to offer service agreements as an additional revenue stream and a tactical advantage to beat out the competition.

“Monitoring as a service means that our technicians offer full-service monitoring to our customers,” said Silvia Blumenschein, CEO of Solar Data Systems, Inc. “Solar-Log WEB-4U was developed to help our customers increase the efficiency of the O&M process and lower back-end costs. Customers have the assurance that professional technicians are monitoring their fleet using the best performance software available in the commercial and residential space.”

How it works

Solar-Log WEB Enerest users can sign up for a Solar-Log WEB-4U contract, eliminating the need for their team to do daily checks and analysis on their solar PV plants while still ensuring the health of their fleet. The primary objective is that system failures, performance errors, and site communication issues are detected immediately. The Solar-Log WEB-4U team notifies the customer and includes an explanation of the failure, indicating the possible solution. This allows the field technician to take timely action and ensures minimal plant downtime.

As part of the service package, Solar-Log technicians apply a 39-point check to make sure all devices are installed properly and communicating through the Solar-Log WEB Enerest portal. Fault messages are reviewed, checked for plausibility, and reported with possible solutions. Customers are informed of any plant performance errors immediately, reducing downtime and maximizing power production. Customers are also provided with customized daily, weekly, or monthly reports on the health of their solar PV plant fleet.

Solar-Log provides a highly streamlined data driven platform through a combination of hardware, software, and services. Data from different devices is collected, validated, normalized, transferred, and displayed in a single window. Fast pace visualization tracks the performance and quality of solar energy installations. Solar-Log also creates a monitoring service platform and a data driven knowledge-base for evaluating asset performance history.

The Solar-Log WEB-4U service includes a configuration check to confirm that all of the devices are detected and communicating with the Solar-Log. It also ensures that specifications, like orientation and pitch, are properly defined to help with accurate yield forecasting and more precise performance alerts. The configuration check is also offered as a stand-alone service to Solar-Log WEB Enerest users.


roof top reportDownload the new Residential Rooftop Report to heat up your solar sales

The Residential Rooftop Report for the first quarter of 2019 is now available for download. The theme is “Heating Up Sales,” and we’ve teamed up with report sponsor Aurora Solar to examine ways for residential solar installation companies to lower customer acquisition costs, close more leads and overall run a more streamlined, efficient local solar business. Just fill out the form below to access your free report.



















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Residential Rooftop Report: Heat up your solar install sales in 2019 (free report download)

roof top report

The Residential Rooftop Report for the first quarter of 2019 is now available for download. The theme is “Heating Up Sales,” and we’ve teamed up with report sponsor Aurora Solar to examine ways for residential solar installation companies to lower customer acquisition costs, close more leads and overall run a more streamlined, efficient local solar business. Just fill out the form below to access your free report.

Contents

  • Inside Sales: We take a journey down the residential solar sales funnel.
  • Design Intervention: How to save $850 per install with remote solar site assessments.
  • 3 Tactics for better solar designs under TOU rates.
  • Changing Change Orders: Tackle solar’s dirty little secret and reduce your number of change orders.
  • NEC 2017 Tips: Manufacturers explain how to best meet the new code.


















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Energy Toolbase, AMS team up on AI-driven energy storage platform

software integration

Energy Toolbase adds AMS to its offering, providing a unique solution for developers to design and deploy distributed energy resources with Energy Toolbase’s software-as-a-service for design, and AMS’s AI platform for operations. This effort enables distributed energy developers to run energy storage simulations and financial analyses on Energy Toolbase, based on the use of AMS’s energy market software.

Determining the utility bill savings of an energy storage system is unique to each customer, which makes understanding the financial impact all the more challenging. By integrating with the AMS energy market software, Energy Toolbase now allows developers to simulate the project economics of a solar and storage system optimized with AMS’s validated savings and financial performance guarantee. This bridges the gap between avoided cost proposals and realized bill savings. The savings estimated on Energy Toolbase’s platform will be representative of the performance of an AMS-enabled system in operation.

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“Adding AMS’s industry-leading software is a huge endorsement for our solar + storage modeling capabilities,” said John Gurski, founder and CEO of Energy Toolbase. “But the biggest beneficiary of this launch is our userbase, who now have the ability to run AMS-validated savings simulations. In the field, these AMS-optimized systems are backed by a financial performance guarantee. This will undoubtedly lead to more storage projects getting qualified, modeled, sold, and installed.”

The Energy Toolbase software platform specializes in the sales and analysis of behind-the-meter energy storage projects. Over one thousand leading distributed energy companies nationwide use the software-as-a-service product to calculate utility bill savings, optimize project economics, and create customer facing proposals.

“Developing a behind-the-meter energy storage project requires a deep understanding of an entire suite of project and market dynamics,” said Jesse Bryson, SVP of Global Market Development at AMS. “Not only will these projects achieve larger financial returns, but they are also backed by our industry-leading financial performance guarantee for energy storage. Ultimately, these assets have the opportunity to participate in wholesale markets and utility programs, all orchestrated by our AI-driven software.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Energy Toolbase, AMS team up on AI-driven energy storage platform

software integration

Energy Toolbase adds AMS to its offering, providing a unique solution for developers to design and deploy distributed energy resources with Energy Toolbase’s software-as-a-service for design, and AMS’s AI platform for operations. This effort enables distributed energy developers to run energy storage simulations and financial analyses on Energy Toolbase, based on the use of AMS’s energy market software.

Determining the utility bill savings of an energy storage system is unique to each customer, which makes understanding the financial impact all the more challenging. By integrating with the AMS energy market software, Energy Toolbase now allows developers to simulate the project economics of a solar and storage system optimized with AMS’s validated savings and financial performance guarantee. This bridges the gap between avoided cost proposals and realized bill savings. The savings estimated on Energy Toolbase’s platform will be representative of the performance of an AMS-enabled system in operation.

Don’t miss our Solar Installer Issue in March — subscribe to Solar Builder magazine (print or digital) for FREE today

“Adding AMS’s industry-leading software is a huge endorsement for our solar + storage modeling capabilities,” said John Gurski, founder and CEO of Energy Toolbase. “But the biggest beneficiary of this launch is our userbase, who now have the ability to run AMS-validated savings simulations. In the field, these AMS-optimized systems are backed by a financial performance guarantee. This will undoubtedly lead to more storage projects getting qualified, modeled, sold, and installed.”

The Energy Toolbase software platform specializes in the sales and analysis of behind-the-meter energy storage projects. Over one thousand leading distributed energy companies nationwide use the software-as-a-service product to calculate utility bill savings, optimize project economics, and create customer facing proposals.

“Developing a behind-the-meter energy storage project requires a deep understanding of an entire suite of project and market dynamics,” said Jesse Bryson, SVP of Global Market Development at AMS. “Not only will these projects achieve larger financial returns, but they are also backed by our industry-leading financial performance guarantee for energy storage. Ultimately, these assets have the opportunity to participate in wholesale markets and utility programs, all orchestrated by our AI-driven software.”

— Solar Builder magazine

SepiSolar’s new Salesforce consulting division to help solar installers make better use of their CRM

SepiSolar

Salesforce is a powerful, widely used customer relationship managament (CRM) platform, but it’s often difficult for traditional Salesforce developers to understand the solar business. SepiSolar, a national solar design and engineering firm, wants to change that with its new Salesforce consulting division.

As a 10-year old solar design and engineering company, SepiSolar’s new Salesforce division understands both Salesforce and solar, allowing for more efficient Salesforce development. Salesforce’s highly customizable CRM helps solar companies to centralize sales, marketing, accounting, inventory, legal, data management, and customer service on a single platform. With its robust app store, Salesforce is able to integrate every department’s favorite cloud software tools, enhancing collaboration and transparency. Integration also allows for improved automation with DocuSign, Box, Google Apps, MS Office, QuickBooks, and many other programs that solar companies use every day.

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Josh Weiner, CEO of SepiSolar said, “The power of Salesforce is that it can work with almost any third-party application, creating a seamless, all-in-one platform that every department can use. When everyone’s favorite programs are in one system, it increases communication, frees up more time with automated tasks, while also keeping solar sales and operations teams on the same page and calendars.”

In addition to saving time with increased automation, Salesforce’s reporting dashboards also allow managers and CEOs to view and assess project milestones, sales goals, customer journeys, inventory, cash flow, monthly comparisons, and more. With data-driven reports, managers get actionable insights to make improvements in every department.

Solar customers can also benefit. With Salesforce’s customer portal capability, solar customers can log in 24/7 to track progress, i-chat with the sales or customer service team, or upload, review, or download sales and legal documents.

“Ultimately, a customized solar Salesforce CRM is about efficiency and cost savings,” says Weiner. “The more automated your solar company is with a flexible CRM like Salesforce, the more your employees can accomplish more in less time.

— Solar Builder magazine