Chile solar rooftop scheme gets monitoring boost

German solar services firm meteocontrol has won a contract to monitor on-site solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Chile.

The company will supply sensors and data loggers for Chile’s rollout of a planned rooftop solar scheme for its public buildings.

In the first phase of the national Public Solar Rooftop programme, 103 PV systems with a total capacity of 3.3 MWp are planned for installation in northern and central Chile.

Ultimately, 300 PV systems are planned to be installed and centrally monitored via an online platform by 2018.

The monitoring project will be undertaken in co-operation with Chilean engineering firm Ingetrace, meteocontrol said. While meteocontrol will supply the monitoring hardware, Ingetrace will advise the energy ministry on the installation process.

The monitoring system displays yield losses and reports any malfunctions automatically, meteocontrol said.

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