Wednesday, February 21, 2024

FTC Solar unveils SUNOPS software to enhance solar plant performance

With solar accounting for 54% of new power-generation capacity growth in the first quarter of 2023, keeping sites up and running is critical to continuing this trajectory. However, many companies mainly focus on inverter analysis.

To overcome this problem, solar tracker provider FTC Solar Inc. has launched SUNOPS software, a cloud-based PV asset monitoring solution poised to redefine solar asset performance management.

The SUNOPS software provides a tracker health assessment down to a single table, and it offers a total view of plant operation, analyzing most elements of PV plant performance.

SUNOPS considers advanced tracking algorithms and proper tracker storage for extreme weather events. The software uses this data to effectively determine the root cause of underperformance, offering fast and accurate solutions to improve solar plant performance.

The software tracks energy production daily, and it can see the live status of the trackers if they have any problems. It identifies the damage with the help of AI-based classification and alerts.

In addition, the solution empowers operations and maintenance (O&M) teams, asset management leaders, and performance engineers with actionable insights to maximize energy generation in their solar deployments.

“Tracker data is not always easy to get access to,” says Imran Hassan, the Director of Technical Operations of ACT Power Services, who is one of the first beta users of the program, in the press release. “The cloud-based SUNOPS platform saves my team time by allowing us to access the information I need when I need it.”

SUNOPS leverages advanced tracker analytics. Field teams get real-time insights, enabling proactive problem-solving to reduce energy losses. SUNOPS’ foresight in detecting problems before dispatch improves uptime and saves operational costs.

SUNOPS software is easy to navigate and accessible through an intuitive and secure cloud-based interface. Also offers streamlined portfolio data access, eliminating hours working with individual sites’ systems. It provides real-time site monitoring, a history of performance tracking, and issue prioritization, changing the landscape in solar asset management with actionable, data-driven decision-making.