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Solar Facility Commissioning with Custom Data Monitoring Website


Project Summary

Our staff worked with a solar power provider to develop and implement a web-based monitoring system for use at 3 of their new solar power plants. The website was configured to allow internal users to monitor real-time data from each facility, with access to the general public to data on a 30 day delay.

The system provided operations staff with automatic email and text notifications of equipment alarms.

The site included functionality for customer invoicing and utility reporting to comply with regulatory requirements.

With remote access to each facility we also reduced support time and costs by allowing our staff to login to each system to make any necessary modifications after initial commissioning.

Project Details


Industry
Location
Solar
Carson City NV, Las Vegas NV

Services
Web development, Database management, Data Analytics


  • Reduce future development costs
  • Standardized systems
  • Automated data analysis
  • Develop system using cutting-edge hardware and software
  • Implement system and train personnel on its operation
  • Reduce overhead costs for data analysis
  • Decreased commissioning time
  • Remote access to all facilities
  • Increased data visibility


Solution


Our staff met with the operations team for a start-up solar power provider to discuss a developing a web-based monitoring system. The goal was to provide a low-cost, high functionality monitoring system for 3 facilities between 1 and 3 MW each.

We utilized Red Lion Data Station Plus units at each facility to collect data from field equipment and send it via cellular modem to a centralized database. This data was then displayed using trend controls on the site which allowed users to select date ranges, filter on equipment types and specific pieces of equipment.

If someone accessed the site without login credentials they were presented with a graph of power production limited to 30 days prior and older. If they accessed the site and were one of the customers or the owners of the facility where the plant was located they could see current overall production data and weather station information.

If the user was part of the solar company or their maintenance team they had access to all current production data for all equipment and weather station information. They could also manage what alarms sent notifications, who received billing information and administer users of the system. They also had access to a trend allowing them to add any datapoints from the site for completely customized data analysis.

Technology


  • ASP.NET
  • Red Lion Data Station Plus
  • SQL Server
  • B&B Electronic Modbus Converters


Benefits

Completely customized Web-based monitoring of three solar facilities on one site

Power meter, inverter and string box information

Weather station information monitoring

Three levels of access, Public, Customer and Maintenance

Automated billing documentation generation and dissemination

Alarm notifications via email and text message

Automated updates of on-site signage indicating power produced and emissions saved


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