Draker Labs Introduces Utility-Scale Solar PV Monitoring and Control Solution

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Utility Suite™ delivers a proven, scalable, turnkey solution to over 100 MWs of projects.

Draker Laboratories (http://www.drakerlabs.com), the industry’s leading provider of high performance turnkey solar photovoltaic (PV) monitoring systems, today introduced its Utility Suite of products and services designed specifically for utility-scale grid-tied solar systems. Draker’s new Utility Suite PV monitoring and SCADA control systems have already been selected and are currently being deployed at over 100 MWs of large-scale solar power projects in the U.S. and Canada, including a 20 MW solar farm in Pilesgrove, New Jersey. The Pilesgrove project, developed by Con Edison Development and Panda Power Funds, is the largest solar system in the northeastern United States. The Draker Utility Suite will be featured at the upcoming Solar Power International show in Dallas, TX, October 17-20, 2011 (booth #100).

Utility Suite is a scalable and secure turnkey platform that provides performance monitoring of the solar system, as well as real-time monitoring and control of the switchgear at the grid intertie. The system includes industry-standard substation automation hardware from Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) and can interface with existing utility SCADA systems and data historians, including the OSIsoft Pi System. A local HMI provides full switchgear control and a web interface enables remote disconnect capability for regional grid operators. Draker’s end-to-end utility-scale monitoring and control solutions include a range of project engineering and field services including SCADA system design and integration, equipment configuration and testing, field-based installation support and commissioning, capacity testing and operator training.

Announcing the company’s latest utility-scale solutions, Draker CEO Charles ‘Chach’ Curtis said, “As the largest, independent solar monitoring provider in the U.S. and the industry leader, we felt it important to expand our product line to include turnkey solutions tailored to meet the specific needs of our largest customers who require an integrated monitoring and control solution for their grid-tied solar power plants. Our new Utility Suite, which is being deployed at several of the largest solar PV projects in North America, is a scalable and proven monitoring and control platform that strengthens our position as the market leader in commercial and utility-scale solar monitoring.”

Utility Suite also includes Draker’s Sentalis™ web information services, a complete data management and reporting system including advanced analytics for increasing energy production, and intelligent alarms and asset management tools for improved O&M efficiency. Additionally, Utility Suite provides financial performance indicators to track the monetary impacts of system downtime and support ROI-based O&M decisions.

About Draker
Draker Laboratories provides accurate and highly reliable monitoring solutions that help owners and operators of commercial and utility-scale PV systems maximize the efficiency and profitability of their solar assets. As a supplier of end-to-end monitoring solutions, Draker’s turnkey systems combine proven field instrumentation with an intuitive web-based data management system and unmatched customer support.


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