Community Solar projects, sometimes called “solar gardens,” are a rapidly growing segment of the solar power marketplace. Community Solar involves one commercial sized array that provides shared access to solar power for multiple electricity customers. In this way, commercial and residential end users who are not able to install a rooftop array can connect with solar power resources.
Solar monitoring technology has been challenged to create meaningful displays and reports reflecting the complex mix of users and financial contracts in Community Solar projects. Generally speaking, monitoring applications are built to give customers access to data from a full site; not fractional allocations within a site. The problem is further complicated when one end user may be receiving power from several allocations, or when a single PPA reseller must manage multiple customer allocations.
AlsoEnergy has developed a product specifically designed to address this need in Community Solar projects: PowerPortal. PowerPortal is the first product created specifically to provide Community Solar customers with a direct link to real-time information about their energy investment.
- End Users get access to production data and financial calculations for one or more allocations within Community Solar projects. End users see data for their own allocations only; they cannot access data for other allocations associated with the garden.
- PPA Resellers can get access to individual allocations they manage, but they can also group multiple allocations in aggregated overview displays rather than looking at each allocation individually. (This is also true for end users who may have more than one allocation from the array.)
- Asset Owners can see aggregated information for the full array as well as data for individual allocations.
PowerPortal generates highly accurate estimated savings data using the same financial calculator that drives our flagship PowerTrack software (but on a per allocation basis). End users can see real-time financial calculations based on a client-defined cost of energy. PowerPortal can even accommodate varying time-of-use rate sheet calculations.
For PPA resellers and users with multiple allocations, PowerPortal can show complete balance sheets for grouped allocations. PowerPortal can even keep track of different contract start and end dates.