Grid Modernization: Data as a Service
- May 26, 2021 4:21 am GMT
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Community solar continues to strengthen solar energy’s position as a viable and profitable option for grid power production. Before going live, though, solar arrays need to be filled with subscribers. For developers and independent power producers (IPPs), finding the right partners to acquire and manage subscribers and their data is risky. The application of a one-size-fits-all package by service providers stifles efficiency and profits. Each project is nuanced and needs to be managed accordingly.
Custom, risk-averse approaches to customer acquisition and management are the key to scaling community solar projects to meet the growing needs of the modern grid. As community solar captures more of the energy market, customer data security and accessibility must grow and scale with it. IPP reliance on customer management service providers is only likely to increase with the demand of community solar project development. In order to mitigate risk and enhance decision making as the stakes grow with the market, it is crucial that service providers connect to secure systems and collect new, insightful customer data -- and their reports must be usable and adaptable.
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