SunLink wins solar power contract at Arizona State University

SunLink Corp. has taken on O&M responsibility for a group of tracker and rooftop solar projects installed at Arizona State University.

This win for SunLink’s PowerCare program is the latest in a series of solar power installations and O&M contracts since the company launched its enhanced PowerCare program in July, 2015.

“In levelized cost of energy analyses it becomes clear how significant a role O&M plays in the cost equation of solar energy projects over time. Given that fact, it’s surprising that O&M is arguably the most neglected piece of the project stack when it comes to the investments our industry has made in improvements and optimization,” said SunLink VP of Products Kate Trono. “With PowerCare and our project intelligence platform VERTEX, we set out to change that reality, and revolutionize asset management and performance on a global scale.”

VERTEX is SunLink’s next-generation, secure SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) and performance monitoring platform powered by the Internet of things that connects grid operators and project stakeholders with real-time project performance intelligence.

As a business intelligence platform, it enables long-term project profitability while ensuring grid security and stability. ASU has elected to install VERTEX on the tracker installations for which SunLink will be responsible to improve its O&M efficiencies.

“The solar industry is in a position to improve our O&M economics by using technologies proven by other sectors, while at the same maintaining the level of security required for large solar power generation assets to mitigate risk. VERTEX’s Restful API-based open architecture can enable other organizations across the industry to leverage our technology as a foundation on which to build their own applications — all with the aim to collectively accelerate the advancement of solar,” added Trono.

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