Monitoring of solar systems is vital if the owner/O&M provider wants to get the energy production that they paid for. A monitoring system should have the capability of showing production statistics and alerts in real time. This level of monitoring will allow solar installations to operate on maximum efficiency.
A key feature of Diaspark Energy is the ability to connect with a variety of web services as well as directly to monitoring gateways. Diaspark’s partnership with Itron highlights the benefits of this close integration that greatly reduces the customer’s cost of installing a meter and monitoring the system in real time.
As shown in the figure, Itron configures each Solar Meter to communicate with its Transaction Management Service (TMS) before shipping it to a customer. Upon installation the device automatically transmits a Diaspark Energy registration message to Itron without requiring user intervention. This data is then relayed to Diaspark via web service.
Some of the benefits of such a solution are: