Solar Data Systems’ smart meters receive UL certification

Californian Solar Data Systems last week confirmed its Solar Log smart meters and technology for residential solar PV plants has received UL certification.

In a press statement, Solar Data Systems said the UL (Underwriter Laboratories) 2735 certification approves safety and standards adherence of the smart meters for installation in any home in the US and Canada.

The certified 350, 360 and 370 smart meters combines Solar Data Systems’ solar PV monitoring technology Solar-Log with Aclara’s residential I-210+ utility meter.

Solar Data Systems said its product line combined with Aclara’s solution, offers residential customers real-time error detection, self-consumption monitoring, as well as inverter direct, weather station, power management and grid feed-in control.

[quote]Commenting on the development, Anton Kaeslin, president of Solar Data Systems, said the certification is an integral part of a global strategy to continuously enhance the Solar-Log technology, a major part of which includes product safety and testing.

The certification adds to products’ previous ANSI C12.20 and ANSI C12.01, UL 61010-1 as well as CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010-1-12 certifications in accordance with safety requirements for electrical equipment.

Solar Energy technology in the US

The development comes at a time, the US headquartered solar energy technology company is monitoring over 240,000 plants world-wide, through nearly 1 million connected inverters, with generating power totaling over 10GW.

And in other US solar energy news, smart energy companies CleanSpark and Sungevity in mid-February announced they will work together to enhance operations in the solar industry to drive microgrid adoption.

Under the collaboration, Sungevity will include CleanSpark’s cyber-secure energy monitoring and management software with its commercial solar offering beginning Q2 2016.

In a joint statement, the two said CleanSpark’s software will provide Sungevity’s commercial customers with access to real-time system monitoring.

The collaboration follows successful implementation of its pilot in California Q4 2015.

Dave Dunlap, chief development officer of Sungevity, said:  “Customers will now have access to millisecond interval usage and generation data, enabling them to make assessments and take immediate action to further cut their energy costs.”

Sungevity has been present in residential solar energy market since 2008 before commercial entry Q1 2015. To date, Sungevity serves consumers in 12 US states, the District of Columbia, the Netherlands, the UK and Germany.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.