Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Shoals, Synapse launch monitoring tool to spur solar energy adoption

Iain Morris
June 10, 2014
 
Shoals Technologies Group and Synapse Wireless have launched a new monitoring tool that provides live-access monitoring of the installation of solar technology fields.

The companies say the technology will allow customers to more closely monitor and measure the installation of solar technology and spur the adoption of solar energy.

Solar energy technology is typically defined in two parts – photovoltaic modules and “balance of systems”, which includes components labor, assembly and installation.

While photovoltaic module pricing continues to fall, the industry is still working on reducing costs in the balance of systems so that solar can better compete alongside other types of energy production.

Shoals (Portland, TN, USA) is a components manufacturer, while Synapse (Huntsville, AL, USA) develops wireless technology to support Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The two companies have long had a partnership aimed at developing IoT services in the solar energy field, and the tie-up appears to have borne fruit with their release of the SolarSNAP monitoring tool.

SolarSNAP is designed to provide real-time data as solar technology is installed, say the companies.

It can, for instance, give users more visibility into labor costs and contractor effectiveness, and thereby increase the accuracy of time-to-commissioning forecasts.

It will also provide information on the entire solar energy commissioning process and can be integrated with Synapse’s existing cloud-based SNAPShot platform, and a choice of fixed or mobile solutions, to provide live access to installation data from anywhere at any time.

“Our goal is to provide smart solutions that increase safety and efficiency, reduce time to market, and ultimately increase profitability for our users,” said Key Foster, the chief executive of Synapse.
 
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