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September 2013 PV Newsletter

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Did You Know?  New Expanded Hours for DECK Support Services

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In order to better serve our customers in all markets, DECK Monitoring has expanded the hours of operation for our Support Department. You can now reach a knowledgeable DECK Support Technician from 6 AM to 5 PM Pacific, 9 AM to 8 PM Eastern.

It's just one more way we strive to provide the best customer experience in the solar monitoring industry!

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How Do Relative Performance Analytics Reduce Nuisance Alarms?

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Relative Performance Analytics (RPA) is a new alarm tool from DECK Monitoring. This tool is now available for all DECK customers in each system's Alarms Section within the Admin Panel. RPA measures the delta among reporting values in your system for like data types... you must have two or more reporting nodes in your system with the same data type in order to use RPA.

RPA represents a shift from the traditional performance metric that measures reported data against baseline values. Traditional performance metrics cannot distinguish between poor performance due to device failure, etc, and poor performance due to diminished sunlight. Many O&M providers account for this issue by setting performance alarms with longer sampling periods (so that periods of uncommon sunlight conditions will average out). Unfortunately, this approach rules out effective performance monitoring over shorter sampling periods.

Even if your system includes performance baselines tied to irradiance values from on-site sensors, these baselines reflect device performance assumptions that will change over time as hardware ages and environmental sensors lose accuracy.

RPA, by contrast, measures the deltas among various reporting nodes. This 'smart software' actually learns the performance patterns among various reporting points, then sends alarm notifications any time there is a significant deviation from the prevailing pattern. Since variations in sunlight affect all reporting nodes equally, changing environmental conditions will never trigger false alarms. There is no more accurate way to detect localized performance issues in systems with granular data reporting. 

You can read a full description of the Relative Performance Analytics tool here:  http://support.deckmonitoring.com/entries/21809269-Setting-Alarms-with-Relative-Performance-Analytics.

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With New Options for Residential and "Light" Commercial Systems, This is the Perfect Time to Bring Your Full PV Portfolio Into the DECK Application

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The Commercial Core Package from DECK Monitoring has always been your solution of choice for projects in the commercial market segment. With new socket meter solutions for Residential and "Light" Commercial applications, it's now cost effective to utilize the convenient DECK Monitoring solution for all your PV projects. It's never been easier to bring your entire PV portfolio into the DECK Monitoring platform!

Enjoy the benefits of having all your systems available in one monitoring platform:

  • Manage all your systems from one convenient web interface
  • See all monitored systems on one page view, in either map or list view
  • See current performance indicators for all systems in one page view, including current alarm status
  • Directly compare performance among projects at full system or device level 

To get more information about our cost-effective socket meter monitoring solutions, follow these links:

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Try SolarAnywhere SystemCheck Satellite Irradiance at Special Summer Pricing

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Time is running out to take advantage of our special summer pricing on SolarAnywhere SystemCheck satellite irradiance service! 

SolarAnywhere SystemCheck seamlessly integrates the powerful DECK software platform with site-specific satellite irradiance and predictive modeling data powered by Clean Power Research, pioneers in solar estimation technology. SolarAnywhere SystemCheck combines satellite irradiance data with simulation models to provide a highly detailed predicted power calculator. This calculator accounts for make and model of system hardware (such as panels and inverters) along with panel tilt, azimuth angle, and panel tracking motion. The end result is a highly accurate performance baseline that is automatically generated within the DECK Admin Panel web page, allowing users to easily chart actual generation against modeled performance.

SolarAnywhere SystemCheck may be used instead of on-site sensors. With our low pricing, this service can also be a cost-effective augmentation to an on-site weather station. Use satellite irradiance to monitor the accuracy of your on-site sensors over the life of your system, plus get the benefits of having an irradiance-based predicted power baseline in your DECK Monitoring application.

Call your DECK Monitoring Account Executive today to take advantage of our summer pricing... 503.224.5546.

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