Autumn 2014 PV Newsletter

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Autumn 2014 PV Newsletter

Introducing Expanded AlsoEnergy Options to get SCADA Controls and Monitoring:

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This newsletter introduces the expanded range of options from AlsoEnergy to provide PV Monitoring and SCADA Controls for your utility-scale solar power projects. You can also get up to speed on our progress to offer the DECK Monitoring software program on the same database as PowerTrack, the historical software from AlsoEnergy… this development will make it possible for AlsoEnergy customers to mix and match features from both software platforms.

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Introducing More Options to get SCADA plus Monitoring for Your Utility-Scale PV System

AlsoEnergy now offers an expanded range of options for customers to get PV Monitoring integrated with SCADA Controls for utility-scale solar power projects. Nobody offers more options to integrate monitoring and SCADA controls into a single convenient package. We can add a monitoring component to systems with third party SCADA hardware and utility-provided metering. We also offer our own site controller, so you can cover your monitoring and control needs with a single service provider. Our site controller covers a wide range of SCADA control needs, ranging from on/off control to a suite of control factors including Power Curtailment, Power Ramping, and Power Factor Correction.

Plan your SCADA + Monitoring solution using one of the following general configurations:

SCADA + Monitoring from AlsoEnergy (with or without On-site Historian)

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AlsoEnergy Monitoring Integrated with Third Party SCADA System

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AlsoEnergy Monitoring Integrated with Utility SCADA Interface and Control

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We are committed to provide solutions that meet the needs of our utility customers. AlsoEnergy can integrate with third party software and databases, including OSI PI and SalesForce. We are also actively pursuing NERC CIP compliance. Communications between sites and utility SCADA systems, regulatory agencies, and other bodies often needs to be secured. AlsoEnergy has deployed solutions that secure these critical links over standard copper Ethernet, cellular, and radio links.

 

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We Deliver on our Promise of an Integrated Database for Both Software Products

When DECK Monitoring was acquired by AlsoEnergy one year ago, we promised an integrated data solution for both software products, PowerTrack and DECK Monitoring. That day is here:  we are announcing that DECK Monitoring software now runs on a PowerTrack-integrated database!

DECK Monitoring on the integrated database includes all the same features as DECK software on the historic database. DECK software on the new database will function exactly as historical DECK users have come to expect.

This will provide advantages for all AlsoEnergy customers. First, everyone gets the benefits of a streamlined model for system planning and support, so you will enjoy shorter wait times for system deployments and for resolution of many support issues. For historical DECK customers, this change will better protect your investment with our most robust and resilient database solution.

Above all else, this development makes it possible for users with either software product to gain the benefits of the other platform, giving our customers “the best of both.” PowerTrack customers will have the option to add DECK Monitoring dashboard displays, or to employ the user-friendly data download tools in the DECK platform. DECK Monitoring users will be able to generate performance models and advanced reports using PowerTrack tools. Users can also choose to include systems from both platforms in unified portfolio overview displays in either software program.

Users who wish to take advantage of these cross-platform options will be able to tailor a specific feature package to suit their needs. There will be a charge of $250 for most cross-platform implementations to cover engineering set-up time.

For current DECK Monitoring software users, here is what you need to know:

  • New purchases of DECK Monitoring software will utilize the integrated database.
  • Historical DECK Monitoring systems will be transferred to the new database over the next few months.
  • Active users for current DECK Monitoring systems do not need to take any action; we aim to provide a seamless transition experience for customers as we transfer historical DECK systems to the new database. There will be no downtime during production hours and no loss of historical data.

Please reach out to your AlsoEnergy Account Executive if you would like more information about DECK Monitoring on the PowerTrack integrated database.