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meteocontrol and Ingetrace awarded the contract for the „Public Solar Rooftop Program“ in Chile

Chilean Ministry of Energy relies on meteocontrol’s monitoring capabilities

meteocontrol and Ingetrace awarded the contract for the "Public Solar Rooftop Program" in Chile

(Source: meteocontrol GmbH)

Augsburg, February 16, 2017 – The Chilean government continues to pursue its planned energy transition with the installation of 300 PV systems on top of public buildings. In collaboration with Ingetrace SPA, meteocontrol has won the call for tenders for monitoring the first 103 rooftop systems as part of the „Programa de Techos Solares Publicos (PTSP)“. The Augsburg-based PV service provider already supplied the cooperation partner in Santiago de Chile with 119 data loggers as well as sensors in December 2016. Therefore, meteocontrol has been able to bolster its presence in one of South America’s most important PV markets.

The goal is to equip all 300 PV systems under the Public Solar Rooftop Program in Chile with a monitoring system and to monitor them centrally via an online platform by 2018. Together with its cooperation partner Ingetrace, meteocontrol has been awarded the contract for monitoring 103 PV systems on top of public buildings in North and Central Chile, which have a total capacity of approximately 3.3 MWp.

„From the beginning on, we have worked extremely well together“, explains Ingetrace Managing Director, Fernando de la Rosa. „We’re thrilled to have such an experienced and well-established company as meteocontrol on our side. Everyone involved in the project is benefiting from the collaboration, and the implementation process is running extremely smoothly, thanks in no small part to meteocontrol’s technical support.“ meteocontrol is supplying the monitoring hardware and providing the portal as well as expertise. Ingetrace advises the ministry on the installation process and receives support from meteocontrol regarding the set up of the monitoring platform. The monitoring system enables the monitoring of all PV systems via the central platform and can therefore be assessed in direct comparison to one another, regardless of their built-in components. The system displays yield losses and immediately reports any malfunctions, and reporting is carried out automatically.

Thanks to its high level of solar irradiance, particularly in northern regions, Chile provides ideal conditions for solar power generation and is therefore one of the world’s top ten most attractive markets for renewable energy. With the quota law, the Chilean government laid the foundation for integrating renewable energy sources into the market in 2008. In 2015, the Ministry of Energy further specified the ambitious development targets: by 2035, the proportion of power generated from clean sources of energy should be 60%, and by 2050 it should even be 70%. „The Public Solar Rooftop Program represents a significant milestone for our company in terms of our market presence in Chile. With our product solutions, we intend to further promote the power generation transition taking place and improve supply reliability, while ensuring competitive costs“, says meteocontrol Managing Director, Martin Schneider. Solar power growth rates in Chile are already impressive: in 2015, solar power accounted for 2% of power generation with 741 MWp, and in 2017 it is expected to account for 8%.

About Ingetrace
Ingetrace is a Chilean engineering company, founded in 2015, whose main focus is to develop and implement innovative technological solutions applicable to the critical business processes of different industries. With its own equipment and software platforms, Ingetrace provides online visibility to its customers of operational variables whose behavior within controlled ranges avoids significant economic losses and direct impact on the final customer. Through the association with important international companies Ingetrace has expanded its portfolio of products and services with solutions to the area of photovoltaic energy production.

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain) and Milan (Italy) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

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Saharan dust: reliable predictions of performance for photovoltaics

The PerduS project is investigating yield losses experienced by solar energy systems as a result of desert dust – preliminary studies indicate reductions could range from 10 percent to 20 percent.

Saharan dust: reliable predictions of performance for photovoltaics

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Augsburg, July 11, 2016 – Hazy skies and dusty cars: Many people are well acquainted with the impact of the Saharan dust that travels to Europe by air. The impact of this dust – as haze in the atmosphere and as a residue on solar panels – on the performance of photovoltaic (PV) systems is being studied by the German Weather Service, the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) and meteocontrol in a project called „PerduS.“ The objective of the research is to facilitate better performance predictions for PV systems by improving projections about the dispersion of dust.

Saharan dust affects PV performance in two ways: First, the haze it creates, which can be substantial at times, can reduce performance by 10 percent to 20 percent. Second, it forms a residue on the PV modules that further impacts performance. These findings were reached during the preliminary studies conducted by the project partners. The term „blood rain“ is frequently used when talking about the grimy layer left behind on cars following rain storms.

„During an outbreak of Saharan dust, atmospheric streams transport the dust whipped up by the Sahara over great distances that extend all the way to central Europe,“ says Dr. Bernhard Vogel, a KIT meteorologist. „In terms of a long-range average, we see this four days a month in the spring and summer. In some years, the number even reaches up to nine days in a month.“

Photovoltaic systems generated 6 percent of gross electricity production in Germany during 2015, according to the German Statistical Office. The installed capacity of all PV systems totals about 39 gigawatts across Germany. As a result, the systems can produce peak yields of more than 30 gigawatts of power on clear days. This equals the production of more than 20 German nuclear power stations. Up to now, PV performance predictions have been unable to realistically factor in the effect of Saharan dust. The project team says this is necessary to ensure grid stability.

The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is funding the research project PerduS (a German acronym that stands for photovoltaic yield reduction caused by Saharan dust) for four years. The main objective is to combine all components necessary for consideration of Saharan dust outbreaks when projecting PV performance in a forecasting process. In cooperation with KIT, an improved dispersion forecast for desert dust is being added to the German Weather Service’s numerical weather-forecasting model ICON. The ICON-ART forecast system will be used during future dust outbreaks along with the conventional numerical weather forecast. Simulating dust dispersion, the system will provide predictions about a reduction in solar irradiance. Drawing on this information, the forecast service provider meteocontrol will develop PV performance predictions as well as evaluate the technical and commercial use of the new forecasting system. In addition, an estimate will be made regarding the expected amount of residue on PV systems left behind by the Saharan dust and the cleansing effect on the units by subsequent rain storms.

Model system ICON-ART and measurement systems in use
To expand the ICON model system that has been used by the German Weather Service since January 2015 to prepare daily weather forecasts, the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research at KIT developed a module called ART (aerosols and reactive trace gases). This module makes it possible to simulate the dispersion of such particles as mineral dust and sea salt and their interaction with clouds. In the past, ICON-ART was used, also in cooperation with the German Weather Service, to simulate the dispersion of ash particles following volcano eruptions in order to prepare weather forecasts. The research focal points being pursued by KIT in PerduS are refining the description of dust emissions in the Sahara and improving the description of the interaction of dust particles and atmospheric radiation.

Measurements have also been taken at the Solar Storage Park on the KIT north campus to determine the amount of residue left on solar panels by mineral dust and its impact on PV performance. In this measurement project, researchers are also examining how precipitation can cleanse solar panels. In this process, they are using a precipitation radar, the measurement tower at KIT, additional devices for measuring drop sizes and precipitation quantities, and an aerosol lidar of the German Weather Service. The descriptions of the relevant processes drawn from these measurements will then be integrated into the ICON-ART model system.

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain) and Milan (Italy) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

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Barbara Koreis
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-40
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
b.koreis@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

meteocontrol at the Intersolar 2016: innovative monitoring and effective system check

World’s market leader for independent PV monitoring at the Intersolar Europe in Munich on June 22-24, 2016

meteocontrol at the Intersolar 2016: innovative monitoring and effective system check

Booth 219,Hall B1, meteocontrol will present its range of monitoring solutions and quality-assurance (Source: meteocontrol GmbH)

Augsburg, June 14, 2016 – At this year’s Intersolar Europe 2016, meteocontrol GmbH, the world’s market leader for manufacturer-independent PV monitoring, will unveil its Pit Stop service for existing systems as well as the latest refinements made to its SCADA Center and VCOM monitoring solutions. meteocontrol’s exhibition at Booth 219 in Hall B1 will also highlight the blue“Log X series of data loggers with improved functions and the MX Module AO add-on module.

New service: Pit Stop
As part of its comprehensive quality-assurance portfolio, meteocontrol will present the new Pit Stop service at its booth. The professional system check for a fixed price comprises an expert inspection of components and a valid report that outlines faults and recommends solutions. „Our new service has been very well received by the market,“ says Robert Pfatischer, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „The objective assessment of the actual system quality allows operators to identify hidden defects and increase yields. The service is immensely helpful for investors on the secondary market. Risks can be minimized and profits maximized when buying or selling systems.“

Efficient monitoring from the world’s market leader
Further refinements to the blue“Log X series of data loggers focus on new functions that enable status information to be quickly and easily processed. These enhancements include configuration of the status inputs, real-time visualization of status changes and alerts from current status alarms. With the MX Module AO add-on module, system operators can use analog outputs to react even more flexibly to the needs of grid operators. The goal of the company is to maximize the efficiency of operation management, even for large system portfolios. „Thanks to virtually automatic processes, the operation manager can concentrate on essential system-management tasks such as analyzing performance and managing incidents,“ says Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol, in explaining the benefits of the system.

meteocontrol currently monitors around 41,000 systems around the globe that produce a total output of approximately 11 GWp. This places the independent provider of monitoring systems in first place worldwide in the overall ranking of a new market study published by GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting.

VCOM – the modern monitoring platform for PV portfolios
Guided by the motto Innovation by Experience, meteocontrol is further refining its VCOM (Virtual Control Room). Functions such as the heat-map diagram, keyboard shortcuts for faster operation and analysis diagrams for ticket evaluation underscore the company’s commitment to providing an effective monitoring platform. The improved alarm system with user-defined alarm rules is another highlight. Improved usability is found, for example, in a new feature that optimizes the further processing of incoming alarms by filtering and prioritizing them on a system-specific basis.

Condition monitoring – avoiding errors and yield losses before they ever occur
meteocontrol would like to set standards in developing condition monitoring, too. Drawing on its wealth of experience and comprehensive operating data from the systems it monitors, the Augsburg-based PV specialist is developing new types of alarm algorithms to help identify or predict the causes of faults. Operation managers and investors benefit from the self-learning alarm system: They save time and money thanks to efficient monitoring and trouble-free system operation.

SCADA Center for utility-scale environments
For operation management and managing large PV power plants, meteocontrol has developed a high-performance SCADA system that it continuously adapts to meet market requirements. Because this system does not depend on having a stable Internet connection and features a flexible user interface, it can be used anywhere and adapted to suit local requirements. Data is stored on a high-performance industry server and available on location for analyses. High-resolution live values allow errors to be located quickly and easily. „At the same time, the SCADA Center provides everything needed for operation management in the control room,“ says Schneider. „For on-site and VCOM-based system monitoring, we are supplying the SCADA Center to the biggest private solar power plant in Jordan, which produces an output of around 11 MWp with its three individual units.“

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy) and Moers (Germany) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

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Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
t.gessler@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

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meteocontrol ensures maximum returns for solar projects

Schipkau Solar Park: meteocontrol responsible for construction supervision and quality control

meteocontrol ensures maximum returns for solar projects

meteocontrol took over quality assurance at Schipkau Solar Park and delivered the monitoring system. (Source: Trianel Erneuerbare Energien GmbH & Co. KG)

Augsburg, May 31, 2016 – meteocontrol GmbH, an international PV specialist for monitoring and quality assurance, has assisted Trianel Erneuerbare Energien GmbH & Co. KG (TEE) in building the Schipkau Solar Park by providing comprehensive quality services. By continually supervising construction and carrying out regular checks, meteocontrol ensures that construction work meets the required quality standards and the entire project is carried out according to the tight schedule for solar projects. The aim is to make sure that systems are commissioned on time, operate reliably and produce good yields in the long term. In order to monitor and control the Schipkau Solar Park, meteocontrol installed the monitoring solution from its blue“Log X series.

Quality assurance was a key requirement for the solar park in Schipkau, Brandenburg, from the very beginning. The general contractor therefore called on meteocontrol as an independent expert during the planning phase and enlisted it to produce a yield report. For quality assurance during the construction phase, Trianel Erneuerbare Energien, a joint venture involving Aachen-based municipal utility companies, also enlisted the PV service provider from Augsburg to monitor all installation procedures. meteocontrol carried out regular quality checks and oversaw the inspection for the technical acceptance of the solar park with an output of around 10 MWp.

Security for the investor and the bank providing finance
„meteocontrol supervised the construction phase and provided sound technical advice,“ said Andreas Lemke, Head of Decentralized Energy Systems at Trianel. „At each stage of the project, we knew that our high quality standards were being met and that the system would go online in accordance with the set schedule.“ Trianel received detailed documentation and the results of recurrent plausibility tests for the schedule – essential elements when it comes to the approval of part payments and bank financing. In order to monitor and control the solar park, meteocontrol supplied and commissioned a suitable monitoring system, ensuring that the facility operated reliably from the very beginning.

Quality services during the planning and operating phase
For Managing Director Robert Pfatischer, the aim is to achieve the highest possible quality standards for meteocontrol customers: „Numerous studies have shown that inadequate quality during construction and a lack of monitoring during operation result in lower yields in the long term and prevent the calculated project revenue from being achieved.“ meteocontrol therefore offers a comprehensive portfolio of quality services covering all phases from planning to operation. „As an independent third party, we identify construction defects early on and use our wealth of experience to provide manufacturer-neutral recommendations. Naturally, quality assurance costs money initially but is worthwhile in the long term and secures investments,“ said the Managing Director.

In addition to yield reports in the run-up to the construction phase, meteocontrol offers technical due diligence and monitoring/SCADA planning. Together with individual services such as performance checks, module tests and the commissioning of monitoring systems and SCADA, the construction supervision and acceptance procedures ensure reliability and trouble-free system operation in the long term.

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy) and Moers (Germany) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Tea Gessler
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
t.gessler@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

meteocontrol and Phoenix Solar establish alliance in the MENAT region

Professional remote monitoring and control of PV systems in a complete package

meteocontrol and Phoenix Solar establish alliance in the MENAT region

Solar AG relies on the monitoring solutions of meteocontrol to operate their solar portfolio. (Source: Phoenix Solar AG)

Augsburg, May 18, 2016. – The Middle East, northern Africa and Turkey (MENAT) are the focal point of the partnership between the photovoltaic service providers meteocontrol GmbH and Phoenix Solar AG. Phoenix Solar, an international photovoltaic company, will rely on meteocontrol’s monitoring systems to operate PV power plants in the MENAT region. The companies are launching the partnership with a joint project in central Anatolia.

meteocontrol has developed a cost-optimized monitoring concept for a complex of six PV power plants near the city of Kayseri in central Anatolia. The blue’Log Station X-Series will monitor and control the individual units of the entire power plant, which produces nominal power of 6.9 MWp. Phoenix Solar has been awarded a contract by a Turkish consortium to perform all planning and purchasing work in the group’s first plant-sized project. Another complex that generates power of 4.9 MWp is currently being constructed at the Kayseri site. „The partnership with Phoenix Solar enhances our growth strategy in the MENAT region,“ says Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol, who adds: „For this reason, we are really looking forward to a long-term partnership. We“re also happy about already having two more orders in the project pipeline.“

Largest private PV power plant in Jordan
One particularly promising project is the largest private PV power plant in Jordan: The 11 MWp PV power plant will consist of three individual units. It is designed to meet all the electricity needs of the Marriott and Sheraton hotel chains in Jordan. It will also serve as a pilot project for similar power plants in Jordan and other MENAT countries. The systems are being installed in the Muwaqqar and Damikhi, Qatrana, regions and will be connected to the grids of Jordan Electric Power Co., plc., and Electric Distribution Company, plc. Under Jordan’s renewable energy law, which is considered one of the most progressive in the entire Middle East, the Power Wheeling Regulation permits solar energy to be generated at sites located away from the area of consumption. Once the plant is completed, Phoenix Solar will also manage operation of the three power plants. For this work, meteocontrol is supplying both the remote monitoring system for the VCOM virtual control room and a local SCADA system for on-site monitoring.

Individual monitoring solutions from a single source
Augsburg, Germany-based meteocontrol provides its customers complete packages to monitor and control all sizes of PV systems. Thanks to its many years of experience and international expertise, the PV service provider with subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and North America enjoys a broad base of knowledge about the equipment- and country-specific implementation of PV system monitoring: On the basis of the system design and following customer requests, meteocontrol plans the monitoring solution and configures the system. The company“s employees work around the world to install monitoring systems and commission them. „With meteocontrol, we have gained a skilled partner who can help us with our projects in the MENAT region,“ said Klaus Friedl, Director of the Middle East region at Phoenix Solar AG. „We are looking forward to jointly tapping the huge potential of this rapidly growing solar market and to further strengthening our position.“

About Phoenix Solar AG
Phoenix Solar AG, that has its headquarters in Sulzemoos near Munich, is an international photovoltaic system integrator. The Group develops, plans, builds and operates large-scale photovoltaic plants and on a smaller scale is a specialist wholesaler for turnkey power plants, solar modules and accessories. As an EPC contractor specializing in building solar power plants, Phoenix Solar lays special emphasis on on-budget and on-time construction and delivery of solar power plants optimized to deliver superior return. With subsidiaries on three continents, the company has sold solar modules with an output of significantly more than 1.3 gigawatt since its founding. The stocks of Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93) are listed on the official market (Prime Standard) of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. www.phoenixsolar-group.com.

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy) and Moers (Germany) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Tea Gessler
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
t.gessler@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

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Environment Energy

meteocontrol installs monitoring systems for 130 MWp PV power in Great Britain

BayWa r.e. relies on blue“Log X series at six large solar parks

meteocontrol installs monitoring systems for 130 MWp PV power in Great Britain

meteocontrol realized the monitoring for 130 MWp solar power for BayWa r.e. in UK. (Source: BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH)

Augsburg, May 10, 2016 – meteocontrol GmbH has equipped six British solar parks belonging to BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH with its monitoring systems and put them into operation. 60 data loggers of the blue“Log X series help to ensure trouble-free operation and standards-compliant electricity feed-in. BayWa r.e. built the turnkey facilities with a total power capacity of around 130 MWp within six months. The company then worked with meteocontrol to connect them to the grid on schedule in March 2016.

meteocontrol provided the monitoring systems for the solar parks in Southern England and Wales as a turnkey solution. Based on comprehensive planning, each PV system was equipped with the necessary measuring technology in stations as well as pre-wired and fully assembled metrological control cabinets. meteocontrol installed a total of 60 data loggers from the innovative blue“Log X series. 30 meteocontrol stations are in place at the 30 MWp Rose & Crown free field system in Wisbech alone. Working on site, the PV specialists from Augsburg then put the monitoring systems into operation and thus ensured that the PV facilities were commissioned according to schedule.

„Finishing the solar parks on time allows us to gain accreditation for the ROC 1.3 program in Great Britain and once again demonstrates our competence as a quality-oriented project developer and general contractor,“ said Matthias Taft, Energy Director at BayWa AG and Managing Director of BayWa r.e. „With meteocontrol as a dependable partner, the monitoring systems were installed and commissioned quickly and efficiently.“ BayWa r.e. has taken on operation management for the six PV plants itself and thus oversees wind and solar parks producing around 440 MW in the UK.
For project developers, system operators and EPC companies, meteocontrol provides tailor-made monitoring solutions and a complete service from planning to commissioning. „This ensures cost-effectiveness and short project runtimes. In the end, our customers get everything from a single source,“ explained Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „However, the quality of our turnkey solution is even more important. The components are optimally matched to each other and ensure trouble-free operation and maximum yields in the long term. BayWa r.e. places highest demands on system components and system integration. We’re therefore delighted that meteocontrol was enlisted for these system projects in Great Britain,“ said Martin Schneider.

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy) and Moers (Germany) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

Firmenkontakt
meteocontrol GmbH
Tea Gessler
Spichere Str. 48 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 (0)821 34 666-10
+49 (0)821 34 666-11
t.gessler@meteocontrol.com
www.meteocontrol.com

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meteocontrol implements monitoring system for 24.3 MWp solar energy

IBC SOLAR counts on meteocontrol for monitoring and grid feed-in management

meteocontrol implements monitoring system for 24.3 MWp solar energy

meteocontrol has equipped seven solar power plants with monitoring systems on behalf of IBC SOLAR. (Source: IBC SOLAR AG)

Augsburg, April 19, 2016 – meteocontrol GmbH has equipped seven new solar power plants in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse with its monitoring systems. meteocontrol“s monitoring and control systems manage the regulated grid feed-in operations and ensure that the PV systems operate at optimum capacity with a total output of 24.3 MWp. Contracted by IBC SOLAR AG, the Augsburg-based PV specialist supplied a complete solution package ranging from project planning to commissioning the systems on site.

„Our complete package for monitoring and grid feed-in management in PV systems relieves some of the burden on the customer’s workforce and ensures professional execution,“ explains Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „We have many years of project experience and continuously advance our systems in line with the latest market and customer requirements.“ In the seven PV power plants built by general contractor IBC SOLAR, meteocontrol installed the monitoring and energy-management systems in close cooperation with IBC Solar. The smooth and timely commissioning was also carried out in close cooperation with the PV specialist’s technicians. The PV systems, which range from 1.3 MWp to 9.9 MWp of installed power, are connected to the power grids of Bayernwerk AG, Netze BW GmbH, and Energienetz-Mitte GmbH. The portfolio includes the PV power plant in Lichtenfeld, Bavaria, a solar power park in Marktheidenfeld, and power plants in Eschenburg and Neuberg in the state of Hesse.

Full-service package for EPCs and investors
For EPC companies like IBC SOLAR, the full-service package of meteocontrol provides maximum reliability and efficiency. The company takes into account all requirements specific to systems and grid operators when designing the monitoring and feed-in management systems individually for each power plant. Upon request, it also supplies the hardware in custom-tailored control cabinets. meteocontrol coordinates the entire project, communicates with the grid operator, PV installer and local authorities, and also commissions the system on site. A full-service package like this has many advantages. meteocontrol’s skilled planning and execution provides cost efficiency and ensures that the systems are commissioned on schedule and operate without issue and at a profit from the start. „All seven power plants were connected to the grid on schedule and are delivering the forecasted yields,“ says Thomas Herold, product manager for electric components at IBC SOLAR. „Our cooperation with meteocontrol has been paying off for many years now. As a general EPC contractor, we deliver the power plants to our customers as turnkey solutions. While we focus on our core business, we can be sure that meteocontrol’s employees implement the monitoring systems in line with our specifications.“

Monitoring via VCOM with safer“Sun Professional
The seven power plants are controlled and monitored from the virtual control room (VCOM) via WEB“log data loggers. This platform enables ICB SOLAR to effectively manage its PV portfolio, because all relevant system data is visible at a glance. Any malfunctions or hidden issues can be fixed quickly and often even before they impact operations. Individual problem analyses, system-specific reporting and a ticket system for troubleshooting ensure efficient power plant management. Operators and investors have access to a wide range of information thanks to the extensive reporting system and a special investors“ view. IBC SOLAR has used VCOM-based system monitoring solutions for many years in its large projects. The PV contractor does more than just sell meteocontrol’s safer“Sun Professional portal; it uses the system itself.

About IBC Solar
IBC SOLAR is a leading global solutions and services provider for photovoltaics and energy storage. The family-owned and operated company offers complete solutions for power production from solar energy and covers the entire spectrum, from planning to the turnkey handover of photovoltaic installations. Globally, IBC SOLAR has already implemented photovoltaic systems with a total capacity of more than 2.9 gigawatts (GWp). The scale ranges from solar parks, which feed electricity into the grid, to systems for residential and commercial self-consumption, off-grid systems and large-scale storage. IBC SOLAR sells its photovoltaic components and systems over an extensive network of local installers. As project developer and EPC contractor, IBC SOLAR plans, implements and offer large scale solar projects worldwide. Through maintenance and monitoring, IBC SOLAR ensures an optimal performance of the solar parks.
IBC SOLAR was founded in 1982 in Bad Staffelstein, Germany, by CEO Udo Möhrstedt. IBC SOLAR is represented by several subsidiaries around the world and is directed from its headquarters in Bad Staffelstein.

About metecontrol:
meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy) and Moers (Germany) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 41,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 11 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information: www.meteocontrol.com

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