Shoals Technologies Group and Synapse Wireless Create SolarSNAP Wireless Velocity Monitoring tool for Measuring the Speed, Accuracy, and Precision of PV Field Install
June 5, 2014
Shoals Technologies Group, the leading manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) Balance of Systems (BoS) components, and Synapse Wireless, an emerging leader in wireless solutions that empower the Internet of Things (IoT), building on their long partnership in the field of solar energy, today introduced SolarSNAP, an innovative monitoring tool that provides live-access monitoring of the installation of solar technology fields.
Solar Energy technology is defined in two parts, photovoltaic modules and “Balance of Systems.” The Balance of Systems includes a combination of components, labor, assembly and installation. As PV module pricing continues to decline, the solar energy industry is focused on reducing costs in the Balance of Systems, in order to better compete with other types of energy production. The ability to more closely monitor and measure the installation of solar technology contributes to these savings by bringing solar energy on-line faster and more cost effectively than ever.
The SolarSNAP Installation Tool
SolarSNAP is a monitoring tool created by Shoals and Synapse Wireless to increase speed-to-revenue for solar field owners by providing real-time data as the solar technology is installed. SolarSNAP monitors and gives owners visibility into labor costs and contractor effectiveness, increasing the accuracy of time-to-commissioning forecasts. It provides information on the entire solar energy commissioning process, down to the string level (between PV modules). With integration into Synapse’s cloud-based SNAPShot platform, and a choice of fixed or mobile solutions, SolarSNAP provides live access to installation data from anywhere, at any time.
SolarSNAP Launches at InterSolar Europe Conference
“InterSolar brings companies from around the world together with the ultimate goal of increasing solar adoption for everyone. We’re delighted to announce our new SolarSNAP solar installation tool here, to show existing and potential solar field owners how they can increase their return on investment with this technology,” said Dean Solon, President & CEO, Shoals Technologies Group.
“SolarSNAP is the latest in a long line of wireless innovations developed by the Synapse Wireless and Shoals partnership. From one-of-a-kind wireless ARC fault detection, or our user-friendly SNAPShot Solar Field Install tool, to our announcement today of SolarSNAP, our goal is to provide smart solutions that increase safety and efficiency, reduce time-to-market, and ultimately increase profitability for our users,” said Key Foster, CEO, Synapse Wireless.
Synapse Wireless and Shoals Technologies Group will be exhibiting at Hall A3, Booth 290 at the InterSolar Europe Conference, being held June 4-6 at Messe München and at Booth 9611 at the Intersolar North America Conference, July 8-10 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.
About Shoals Technologies Group
Shoals Technologies Group is a leading manufacturer of balance of systems solutions. Consistently providing customers with innovative designs and superior quality products has directly contributed to the exponential growth since its founding in 1996. With over 15 GW+ of BOS products deployed globally, Shoals maintains a diverse portfolio of PV balance of systems products, including, combiner/re-combiner boxes, disconnecting combiner boxes, custom harnessing solutions, junction boxes, PV wire, in-line fuses, racking and PV monitoring solutions.
About Synapse Wireless, Inc.
Synapse Wireless, Inc. delivers proven, scalable M2M connectivity solutions designed to revolutionize business. Built on its award-winning SNAP® wireless mesh network operating system, Synapse brings game-changing analytics that matter. Synapse Wireless solutions are deployed on enterprise-class platforms, distributing intelligence to the edge of its customers’ networks. Synapse is a subsidiary of McWane, Inc.
About McWane Inc.
McWane, Inc. is a family-owned business based in Birmingham, Alabama, with companies across the United States and the world. At the McWane Family of Companies, we cast ductile iron products--including pipe, valves, hydrants, fittings, and plumbing products--manufacture fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems, steel pressure vessels, and build network switches and monitoring equipment. We are the leader in delivering clean, safe drinking water around the world while focusing on the safe, environmentally-friendly manufacturing of our products. With more than 6,000 team members McWane has a longstanding commitment of support to the communities where we live and work.