Welcome!

IBM Cloud Authors: Liz McMillan, Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Pat Romanski, Stefan Bernbo

News Feed Item

Fat Spaniel Technologies Launches Lifecycle Management Solutions for the Global Renewable Energy Market

SaaS Offerings Tailored for Plant Operators and Project Managers Yield High ROI From Commercial Solar Portfolios and Plants

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/15/09 -- Fat Spaniel Technologies, Inc. today announced a new family of Lifecycle Management solutions for the renewable energy industry. Fat Spaniel Solar Plant Vision(TM) and Solar Operations Services build on the company's experience pioneering technology and providing solutions for 2500 solar photovoltaic (PV) plants around the world. The first two Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) editions of Solar Plant Vision meet the needs of solar PV plant operators and project developers. For customers that want a turnkey service, Solar Operations Services complement the company's SaaS offering with a staff of operations experts that oversee and manage daily operations. The new Fat Spaniel Lifecycle Management solutions are tailored for the business models and distinct job functions spanning commercial, municipal, federal, utility, educational, and residential solar projects.

"Complexities are inherent in every stage of the solar portfolio lifecycle -- planning, design, deployment, and day-to-day operations," said Ned Chaney, Business Director of American Capitol Energy. "An optimized management platform is essential for driving down costs and remaining competitive. Fat Spaniel Lifecycle Management services give us the efficiencies of SaaS and the benefits of Fat Spaniel's relationships with device manufacturers. The end-to-end solution overcomes the challenges of integration and management, and allows us to focus on our business goals."

"Until recently, the primary focus of the renewable energy industry has been on improving and augmenting generation to drive costs down to accelerate the rate of adoption," said Al Velosa, Research Director at Gartner. "However, many are only now beginning to realize that efficient life-cycle and performance management is essential in achieving these goals, leading to increased asset value and reduced risk. As we work to create a low carbon economy, the use of IT marks the next benchmark for solar. In fact, the use of IT will be essential to facilitate the solar industry's business model."

"Solar developers, integrators, and operations personnel currently rely on imprecise tools with error rates of +/-20 percent -- which significantly impacts financial returns and plant efficiency," said Matt Powell, CEO of Fat Spaniel Technologies. "The solar industry is at a critical juncture, and if it is to reach its full potential, lifecycle management solutions must be designed into a system from site conception, to drive financial success and reduce risk. We look forward to the continuing expansion of our Lifecycle Management family of services -- our technology can help achieve the goal of making renewable energy #1 in the world."

Solar Plant Vision: Portfolio and Plant Management for Distributed Solar Sites

Solar Plant Vision services deliver high-accuracy, predictive capabilities that address complete lifecycle management. Tailored to operations and maintenance (O&M) teams and project managers, the solutions help optimize solar plant production and overall portfolio performance. Complete operational and diagnostic data is collected continually; environmental data can be gathered from plant locations or downloaded from satellite services. Breakthrough capabilities are focused in three areas:

--  Plant Management: A full range of device monitoring, troubleshooting,
    and performance tracking maximizes production while minimizing costs.
--  Revenue Management: Billing and reporting features simplify financial
    and compliance management efforts.
--  Marketing and Education: Real-time portfolio status can be displayed
    on Internet-connected PCs to educate energy consumers, or displayed in
    kiosks located in lobbies, retail stores, and other public places where
    clean energy can be promoted and marketed.
    

Solar Plant Vision lets today's operators achieve industry-leading results including increased plant uptime, meeting or exceeding Power Purchase Agreement terms, and driving down total maintenance costs by up to 30%.

Solar Operation Services (SOS): A Team of Management Experts

SOS combines Fat Spaniel's industry-leading Lifecycle Management platform with an experienced staff that delivers plant management based on customer-defined service-level agreements. Portfolio managers gain increased energy output, maximum system uptime, and cost-efficient, predictable costs. To accommodate future insourcing, a build-operate-transfer (BOT) option can be included. Both short- and long-term SOS contracts give customers complete flexibility, and make it easy to adjust for business and operations dynamics.

Availability

Solar Plant Vision Premium Edition provides end-to-end lifecycle management capabilities to O&M and project management teams. The SaaS service speeds start up, and offers affordable terms based on plant scale. Solar Plant Vision Base Edition provides a stand-alone software solution to customers that only need base-level monitoring, reporting, and visualization capabilities. Solar Plant Vision Base and Premium Editions and Solar Operations Services can be quoted immediately, and will be available starting in October 2009.

The 500+ solar plant operators who depend on Insight Manager, Fat Spaniel's legacy solar plant management offering, will be given an automatic upgrade to Solar Plant Vision when it becomes available.

About Fat Spaniel

Fat Spaniel Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of Lifecycle Management services for the renewable energy industry. Solar power producers, financiers, system integrators, plant owners, and OEMs take advantage of Fat Spaniel's category-defining Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to maximize system uptime, energy output, and return on investment. Fat Spaniel is a trusted third-party service provider, offering an open platform for remote system performance management, plant diagnostics and maintenance automation, revenue-grade billing, REC trading, and performance-based incentive collection. Fat Spaniel Lifecycle Management technology and services empower renewable energy component vendors to provide fully manageable solutions and inspire application developers to innovate advanced Web-based energy applications and visualizations. Fat Spaniel solutions are deployed in 20 countries and more than 2,500 locations worldwide. With its partners and customers, Fat Spaniel shares the vision of a world where renewable energy is the first and best energy source. For more information, please visit www.fatspaniel.com.

Media Contacts:

Shelly Greenhalgh
Fat Spaniel Technologies
Email Contact
408-279-5262

Caroline Venza
Antenna Group
Email Contact
415-977-1939

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by ...
CloudEXPO | DevOpsSUMMIT | DXWorldEXPO are the world's most influential, independent events where Cloud Computing was coined and where technology buyers and vendors meet to experience and discuss the big picture of Digital Transformation and all of the strategies, tactics, and tools they need to realize their goals. Sponsors of DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO benefit from unmatched branding, profile building and lead generation opportunities.
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Cell networks have the advantage of long-range communications, reaching an estimated 90% of the world. But cell networks such as 2G, 3G and LTE consume lots of power and were designed for connecting people. They are not optimized for low- or battery-powered devices or for IoT applications with infrequently transmitted data. Cell IoT modules that support narrow-band IoT and 4G cell networks will enable cell connectivity, device management, and app enablement for low-power wide-area network IoT. B...
The hierarchical architecture that distributes "compute" within the network specially at the edge can enable new services by harnessing emerging technologies. But Edge-Compute comes at increased cost that needs to be managed and potentially augmented by creative architecture solutions as there will always a catching-up with the capacity demands. Processing power in smartphones has enhanced YoY and there is increasingly spare compute capacity that can be potentially pooled. Uber has successfully ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...