PV developer First Solar and its subsidiary renewable energy plant monitoring equipment and power control provider skytron energy have opened an operations centre in Berlin, Germany, to provide remote monitoring, real-time supervision and plant control for PV systems across Europe, Middle East and EMEA region.
This is the third First Solar facility of this type and it will be operated, managed and staffed by skytron energy. The other two operations centres are located in Tempe, Arizona and Sydney, Australia.
A team manning the centre will supervise the operation of PV plants, track performance, detect issues, and advise on the workings of each site. The facility can also perform energy forecasting and ensure that plants conform to the requirements of the grid.
Jörgen Klammer, managing director of skytron energy, said: “Customers whose power plants are managed by this Operations Center will benefit from several GW of combined First Solar and skytron energy experience, that spans all commercially viable PV technologies.
“Equipped with the latest technology, this facility is capable of identifying and mitigating potential issues, real-time monitoring of plant performance and providing remote support when and where it is needed. In an increasingly competitive energy marketplace, this Operations Center will be a critical part of our customers' efforts to optimize their PV power plants for performance and profitability.”
Stefan Degener, First Solar's senior director for O&M in the EMEA region, said: “The Berlin Operations Centre is an important component of our service offering in one of the world's fastest growing geographies. This investment reflects the significant demand we see for professional O&M services and is among a number of differentiators that give us a competitive.
“We're now well equipped to support the needs of the established energy markets in Western Europe through skytron energy, with capabilities that span managing existing assets and new projects.”