Liberty Lake, Wash., September 10, 2012 — Itron, Inc. expanded its capabilities with a dedicated meter for the solar market. The revenue-grade solar meter, which uses an Itron cellular communication module, is useful for monitoring the energy production of residential and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
The availability of third-party-owned residential solar systems has driven rapid growth in the solar market. Itron'ssolar offering takes advantage of this growth by enabling third-party solar providers to collect, store and upload a solar system's production data over an existing cellular network link.
With developments in renewable energy increasing, so does the need to effectively monitor and manage the integration of these energy resources into the electrical grid. Itron's solar offering gives solar providers an accurate, reliable way to measure and manage solar production data with a secure, low-cost communication network for data collection.
The current offering includes Itron cellular communications and associated Itron software. Itron also offers a hosted server option so that solar providers don't have to worry about adding another system to manage and operate with in-house staff. With Itron Managed Services, production data is collected and provided via web services or XML files to the solar providers' in-house systems or web-portal systems.