Nearmap rolls out two new views for its hi-res aerial mapping services

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Hi-res aerial maps provide a lot of value to the solar industry when it comes to streamlining that initial proposal creation and design process. Nearmap, a location content provider specializing in high-resolution aerial maps, released two new forms of aerial geospatial data services – Nearmap Panorama and Nearmap Oblique imagery.

Nearmap Panorama enables users to view perspective maps in all cardinal directions for small or large areas in uninterrupted fashion. Users do not need to jump from one image to another and, in the process, lose context. They can easily navigate, pan and zoom across any size geography, quickly analyze perspective maps and make faster decisions that impact government and commercial operations – all within an instantly accessible 100 percent cloud-based environment.

“Nearmap Panorama is delivered via our new, highly intuitive MapBrowser interface, enabling users to effortlessly visualize and navigate across regions or local areas in an uninterrupted way,” said Patrick Quigley, SVP and GM for Nearmap North America. “Our users can inspect aerial location content faster than ever before using Nearmap Panorama. Consistent with past location content, Nearmap Panorama is delivered in high-resolution, 3-inch GSD.”

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Nearmap Obliques enable users to interactively inspect and measure the height of features, such as buildings and terrain, from all cardinal directions. Nearmap Oblique images are also accessed through the new MapBrowser.

“Our customers need location content aligned with their requirements,” said Natasha Ridley, product manager for MapBrowser. For example, with Nearmap Oblique images, government organizations conducting property appraisal can accurately value property using measurement and detailed, tilt-angled perspectives. At the same time, commercial organizations interested in engineering and construction can quickly select a north, south, east or west orientation, measure heights of buildings and better plan changes.”

Users working within MapBrowser can switch from Nearmap Vertical to Nearmap Panorama or Nearmap Oblique location content. “We’ve added new features that our customers are going to be very excited about,” said Ridley. “For example, now users can export our imagery with measurements added. The saved image provides the whole picture, which is very useful in proposal development and communicating specific aspects of the aerial maps essential in planning and operations.”

“These enhancements represent a major step forward in both our location content and delivery capabilities. There’s also more on the way,” said Robert Carroll, VP of 3-D commercial and government for Nearmap. “This imagery is produced by our patented HyperCamera2 technology, enabling us to continue to proactively survey the U.S. urban areas including 50 percent of the population with obliques while also producing high-resolution 3-D content. Our plan is to extend our leadership position by introducing Nearmap 3-D combining ‘off-the-shelf’ digital surface models (DSM), textured 3-D mesh and 3-D point clouds in the near future.”

— Solar Builder magazine

Tigo releases SMART app to streamline PV design, commissioning, monitoring

Tigo just streamlined the install and servicing possibilities of its PV systems with Tigo SMART, a mobile application that integrates with its online monitoring portal. Using the SMART app, Tigo’s solar installer partners can design, lay out, register, configure, commission and monitor customers’ PV systems from the field. The app provides the PV system owners with insight into energy generation as well as the PV system installers with the ultimate set of asset management features – all at their fingertips from a mobile phone.

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The new Tigo SMART 3.0 app is downloadable for iOS and Android through Apple’s App Store or Google Play. Notifications will be pushed to existing Tigo app users once the next generation updates are automatically completed. Learn more about the SMART App features on Tigo’s Resource Center.

Tigo SMART app features

• Intuitive Commissioning – In five minutes, select the solar equipment, design the system, scan the components, and complete end-to-end commission all on the SMART App.

• Barcode Scanning – Scan the PV system components’ codes directly into the design with a mobile phone camera.

• Bluetooth (BLE) 4.0 Connection – The SMART App automatically detects and communicates with Tigo’s Cloud Connect Advanced (CCA) (the universal datalogger); connects without changing the Mobile phone settings; and eliminates the need to manually switch to Wi-Fi.

• Prompted Configuration Steps – The installation time for installers is minimized thanks to the SMART App’s prompted configuration steps during the layout process.

• Production Tracking – With the highest granularity and visibility in the market, users monitor the module-level production in real-time, day, week, month, year, and lifetime.

• Intelligent Alerts – Review detailed alerts at the touch of a button, and receive recommended correct actions.

• Localized Weather Conditions – Daily weather displays help define production errors due to clouds, snow, etc.

• Personalized Imagery – Customize a system’s portal with photos of the PV installation.

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— Solar Builder magazine

Aurora Solar adds financial tool to its solar design, sales platform

Aurora Solar Inc. has added financial analysis to its commercial suite, making it the solar industry’s only all-in-one solar design and sales platform for residential and commercial PV systems.

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“The real challenge for us was making such complex analysis accessible and easy-to-use for customers,” said Al-Karim Lalani, Lead Engineer of Commercial Financial Analysis, Aurora Solar. “We worked with sophisticated solar financiers to validate our analysis and then collaborated with our customers to make sure that our interface was intuitive and it suited their daily workflows.”

“We often have our clients ask us questions like ‘which of these two PV designs is better?’ Without having a detailed financial analysis platform, we couldn’t answer these questions in a scalable manner,” said Samuel Adeyemo, COO, Aurora Solar. “That is why we are truly excited about this enhancement; by being able to analyze and present the financial implications of their design choices, we anticipate this feature will lead to higher closing rates for our customers.”

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System Highlights

• Aurora’s commercial financial analysis allows installers to compare the returns of any cash, lease, loan, or PPA financing option.
• It takes into account demand charges when using Green Button data, allowing companies to get a granular understanding of their electricity bill post-solar.
• The analysis allows solar designers to explore the financial return of design tradeoffs, such as calculating the LCOE of single vs dual tilt racking systems or the net present value of different modules.
• The algorithms calculate bonus depreciation and depreciation tax shields at federal and state levels.
• It incorporates fixed and variable operations & maintenance costs for a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis.
• Commercial installers can optimize their designs across both engineering and financial variables.
• The analysis can be automatically imported into a sales proposal, allowing installers to go from initial commercial site assessment to completed sales proposal in a fraction of the time.

— Solar Builder magazine

BayWa, PVComplete launch new ‘Click to Quote’ function inside PVSketch

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BayWa r.e. Solar Systems and PVComplete announce the launch of a new “Click to Quote” feature on PVComplete’s online design tool, PVSketch. This feature enables users to seamlessly initiate a request for quote when designing a solar project, without leaving the PVSketch platform.

“Solar contractors are hard-pressed to improve operational efficiencies, and the quoting and proposal process is especially important to streamline,” said Daniel Marino, CCO of BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC. “Click to Quote allows solar businesses to move more quickly and integrate previously-segregated project tasks. This results in more capacity for designs and proposals, and lower acquisition costs.”

This innovative new feature and partnership with BayWa r.e. is about shortening the timeline from sale to construction, helping each business grow. With a simple “Click to Quote” button on PVSketch, solar contractors can get a quote, without the tedious data entry or export of project information. ”

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— Solar Builder magazine

WATCH: AlsoEnergy debuts new PowerTrack Web platform to save solar installers time

AlsoEnergy is releasing a new platform for its solar customers, PowerTrack Web, that will provide web browser access for all users, get daily work completed faster, and save money. PowerTrack Web is a new version of AlsoEnergy’s flagship software platform built using the universal HTML5 programming language. This enables web access for users with Chrome and Firefox web browsers. Here’s a tutorial:

PowerTrack Web has the same basic interface design as the original PowerTrack platform, but the navigation makes it easy to move quickly through common daily tasks. “PowerTrack Web improves on speed and response time, and is already helping our team work more efficiently” says Paul Happy, Vice President of Operations at SoCore Energy. “Many members of our team have already made the shift to standardize on PowerTrack Web for daily monitoring work.”

Designed for universal compatibility and fast performance, PowerTrack Web is a streamlined version of the original PowerTrack application. It supports the most critical and frequently used functionality of the original PowerTrack platform, including real-time data at portfolio, site, and device level; aggregated and itemized portfolio overviews; analytics and full charting functionality; and alerts status and acknowledgement.

PowerTrack Web joins the existing products in the PowerTrack application family, including PowerTrack IE (for use with Explorer browser); PowerTrack Desktop (available for Windows or Mac); and PowerTrack Mobile. Many users will employ PowerTrack Web in conjunction with other PowerTrack platforms. Since all PowerTrack programs are built for interaction with the same back-end server system, actions executed in one platform are immediately visible and actionable on the other platforms. Users may move back and forth between versions with no fear of losing work.

— Solar Builder magazine