A new web-based specialized display product for community solar energy projects has been created by the company AlsoEnergy, according to recent reports.
The new product — known as the “PowerPortal” — was designed specifically to provide a means of monitoring specific allocations within a community owned/shared solar photovoltaic (PV) project, which is something that hasn’t been easily done to date.
“We need a product that makes it easy for end users to connect with production and financial data for their allocations” stated SunShare Director of Engineering Jean-Paul La Marche. “PowerPortal from AlsoEnergy fits our needs perfectly. No other product was even close.”
Solar Power World Online provides more:
PowerPortal is the first product created specifically to provide community solar customers with a direct link to current information about their energy investment. This web-based end user display gives access to real-time production data and financial calculations for allocations within community solar projects. End users see data for their own allocations only; they cannot access data for other allocations associated with the garden.
For end users and PPAs with multiple allocations, PowerPortal makes it possible to group designated allocations into single overview displays (rather than looking at each allocation individually). Versatile PowerPortal displays can even show complete balance sheets for grouped allocations with varying time-of-use rate sheet calculations, and can keep track of different contract start and end dates.
The benefits of PowerPortal displays are compelling. SunShare, one of the largest and most experienced community solar companies in the US, recently tried PowerPortal; they are now standardizing on AlsoEnergy as the preferred monitoring provider for all community solar projects moving forward.
It should be noted here that PowerPortal can apparently be customized to suit the branding, etc, of various projects and companies. The product can reportedly be partnered with either PowerTrack or DECK Monitoring — the two base-monitoring platforms offered by AlsoEnergy.
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