Solar Sentry has developed, patented and field-tested diagnostic and monitoring
technology for large solar electric arrays to maximize financial return and
minimize financial risk for their owners.
photovoltaic power sites underperform 5-10% due to undiagnosed, yet
easily repaired, problems in their solar panel arrays. For less than
10¢/W installed cost, Solar Sentry’s embedded electronics and cloud-based
solar diagnostic and
monitoring services can reduce both site payback times and financial risk for
both rooftop and ground-mount commercial-scale solar sites.
addition, growing concerns for fire and personnel safety in rooftop
solar electric systems are best addressed by embedding electronics in
As a result, the
market for embedded solar panel electronics on large commercial rooftops
will grow as cost-effective technology becomes available and new
standards emerge. Solar Sentry’s field-proven, patented technology is
expected to meet or exceed
safety and performance goals at a 25-50% lower cost than competitors
while providing simplicity, elegance and value.
Products and Services Solar Sentry’s
diagnostic solution combines embedded eSmartTM electronics in
string combiners with some percentage of Panel SentriesTM
and/or Panel ManagersTM embedded in solar panels. This
internet-ready Plug-N-Play cloud-based approach pays for itself quickly
by lowering O&M costs and improving performance.
turnkey “Software as a Service” (SaaS) based diagnostic services:
Collect fault and performance data securely via the internet every few minutes;
2.Analyze the data to pinpoint problems; and
3.Notify the appropriate maintenance personnel by email
and/or text messages..
provide real-time problem identification and notification, replacing
scheduled maintenance with targeted action to improve performance and
reduce cost. Monthly performance analysis is used to improve
productivity and enable the customer to collect on multi-year panel
Courtesy of DOE/NREL, Credit - SMUD
commercial-scale solar photovoltaic site has 1,000 or more solar
panels (modules). With today’s monitoring solutions, significant
problems in the solar array go undetected. If and when they are
suspected, the absence of actionable diagnostic information forces
the owner to either ignore the problem or deploy skilled technicians
to the site to manually search for the problem. Both the loss of
energy and the repair process are costly, raising the price per kWh
and lowering site profitability.
Awarded NYSERDA contract for clean energy business
growth and development