Solar-Log and Kitu Systems are collaborating to offer expert solar plant monitoring, control and communication solutions that meet the new California’s Rule 21 mandate. Starting on March 22, all smart inverters deployed with solar and energy storage installations in California are required to be capable of communications with the utility and provide a set of grid-support functions.
By combining Solar-Log’s hardware-agnostic WEB Enerest enhanced solar monitoring, controlling and energy management software with Kitu Systems’ CSIP-certified Spark client and Convoy aggregator, the two companies will accelerate the market availability of a new generation of renewable energy solutions capable of grid-support functions, benefitting both solar and storage providers and end customers.
In the initial phase, the cooperation between Kitu Systems and Solar-Log will focus on California and the US. An extension of the cooperation to other markets with the same or similar requirements in accordance with the Rule 21 will take place within the framework of the market and product strategy of both companies.
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“Our company is committed to further the development of clean energy and we strongly believe this requires the concerted operation of distributed energy resources with the electrical grid,” said Rick Kornfeld, the CEO of Kitu Systems. “One of the main challenges is to rapidly reach a large scale in terms of connected resources: Solar-Log enables a significant market coverage from day one.”
Brigitte Beck, CEO of Solare Datensysteme GmbH (Solar-Log Headquarters), added that “With the integration of Kitu Systems’ technology, we can provide added value to providers and end customers from the get-go, offering Rule 21 interconnection through a large variety of devices. But more importantly, the improved metrology and coordination capabilities open the way to a host a new services and business models.”
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Kitu Systems’ solutions provide communications and coordination capabilities between customer-owned devices and grid management systems to ensure the security, safety, reliability and efficiency of the electrical network. Kitu Systems’ open and standards-based software embeds intelligence into energy device, enables scalable aggregation in the cloud, and delivers smart grid management interfaces to utility operators. Solar Data Systems, Inc. is the North American Service Partner of Solare Datensysteme GmbH, manufacturer of Solar-Log web-enabled monitoring and metering system for solar plants. The hardware-independent Solar-Log WEB Enerest energy management platform is compatible with over 2,500 components including inverters, battery storage systems, meters, weather sensors, EV charging stations, heat pumps, and smart plugs.
— Solar Builder magazine