When is third-party solar monitoring needed?

Most major inverter manufacturers offer their own monitoring for installers to purchase. Along with the actual hardware, monitoring is an essential part of the value proposition for inverter supplier solutions. “The monitoring services and software that inverter manufacturers provide is typically—especially with some of the bigger name manufacturers—readily available and easy to understand with a […]

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Big changes at CAISO

Are you aware of all the changes that CAISO is making and how they can impact your projects? Take a look to ensure you are ready! CAISO’s New Resource Implementation (NRI) process is being replaced with the new Resource Interconnection Management System Version 5 (RIMS5). All NRI bucket items will be suspended on April 26; new emails […]

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Solar is under new rule

Imagine the nation’s grid. Visualize more solar projects plugging in every day. Those projects are feeding more and more power to the grid, which is great, but with that comes new challenges. Solar panels feed power into inverters, which push current onto the grid. This causes the voltage to rise above what is dictated as […]

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Trimark T1-S SCADA Supports Grid Stability During Solar Eclipse

Trimark’s T1-S SCADA Stabilizes Generation Even During Fast Ramp Increases Darkened skies during North America’s solar eclipse on August 21 will illuminate challenges of managing California’s electric grid which, at times, draws up to 40 percent of its power from solar generation. While the 70 mile wide shadow of total eclipse cuts through Oregon, its […]

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Three ways technology can help manage utility solar project performance

In utility-scale PV power generation, many elements must be synchronized to ensure high system performance. Resource owners use monitoring instruments, information systems and operational control systems as tools to meet compliance requirements, operate effectively and manage long-term plant performance. Technology plays a role in three areas of plant performance: Regulatory compliance, operations and asset management… […]

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Trimark Replaces Secure, Real-Time Telemetry Systems for California Electric Resources Producing Nearly Five Gigawatts of Power

Folsom, Calif. – Recent changes to the California ISO (CAISO) SSL security certification program used by Remote Intelligent Gateways (RIGs) required updates to aging hardware and software that many electric power resources use for real-time communications with the ISO. As a result, 29 electric power resources, with 4,897 Megawatts (MW) of generation capacity, selected Trimark Associates […]

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Trimark Supports Fast-Track Commissioning of SCE’s Mira Loma 20MW Energy Storage Resource

Folsom, CA – Trimark has delivered CAISO-certified revenue metering and telemetry systems on an accelerated schedule to support Southern California Edison (SCE) in commissioning the 20 MW / 80 MWh Mira Loma Bulk Energy Storage System (BESS). The project, which began in September 2016, met its commercial operations date of December 31, 2016 following an intensive […]

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Trimark Helps Set Commissioning Speed Record for RIG and Meter at AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage Facility

Folsom, CA – Trimark was a key contributor in delivering the CAISO revenue meter and Remote Intelligent Gateway (RIG) required to commission AltaGas’ 20MW/80 MWh Pomona Energy Storage Facility by its December 31, 2016 deadline. The project was completed in under four months – the fastest Southern California Edison commissioning timeline on record. But speed was […]

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ADS Integration Automates CAISO Energy Bidding Process

Folsom, Calif. – Trimark’s T1-S SCADA now includes the option to accept, schedule and execute California ISO (CAISO) Automated Dispatch System (ADS) commands. This functionality allows utility-scale PV resources to participate in the real-time energy market by responding to 5-minute dispatch commands. “Integrating ADS handling into the plant SCADA improves efficiency and eliminates the requirement for […]

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Areva RIGs Must be Replaced to Ensure Continued CAISO Compliance

Folsom, Calif. – CAISO has set a deadline of May 7, 2017 to replace all existing SHA-1 security certificates on Remote Intelligent Gateways (RIGs) with a SHA-2 security certificate. According to CAISO, RIGs built on the Areva platform cannot be certified with the Signature Hash Algorithm (SHA-2) standard and the associated 2048-bit encryption. As of May […]

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