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PV Powered Simplifies Commercial Solar Performance Monitoring
Integrated hardware solutions from Draker, Energy Recommerce, and Fat Spaniel significantly reduce the complexity of configuring and installing monitoring systems.

Bend, ORE - August 8, 2008

PV Powered, the leader in grid-tied PV inverter reliability, installability and serviceability, has simplified commercial PV performance monitoring by offering tightly integrated monitoring solutions from leading PV data monitoring providers. PV Powered’s commercial inverters can be ordered and shipped with integrated performance monitoring solutions from Draker Laboratories, Energy Recommerce, and Fat Spaniel, providing an unprecedented level of choice and convenience. The solutions are pre-wired and tested at the factory to provide trouble-free commissioning. The streamlined solution simplifies the entire process from configuration to ordering and commissioning.

“Performance monitoring systems offer long-term benefit to our customers, and PV Powered’s solution goes a long way towards taking the headaches out of data monitoring for developers,” says Luke Soule of Solar Monkey.

In addition, PV Powered offers integrated revenue-grade metering and subcombiner monitoring that have been engineered to the same high standards as their inverters. The monitoring hardware, including the data monitoring gateway, power supply and data acquisition modules, have been embedded onto a UL 508A industrial panel offering a higher level of testing and reliability than stand-alone hardware solutions.

Performance monitoring systems are increasingly used with commercial PV systems because the alerts and diagnostics these systems provide can reduce long term maintenance costs and increase energy production. Access to inverter status and performance via the Web means fewer expensive on-site service calls over the expected 20-plus year service life of the system. A solution that is tightly integrated with the inverter makes these systems even more accessible to commercial PV integrators and owners by reducing the complexity and expense that has prevented higher adoption rates.

“PV Powered is committed to redefining how the solar industry thinks about reliability, installability, and maintainability. Working with the leading PV data monitoring partners to elegantly integrate their monitoring solutions into our inverters has resulted in a highly reliable solution that virtually eliminates the installation time and configuration challenges for installers in the field,” said Gregg Patterson, CEO of PV Powered. “We believe that bringing plug-and-play simplicity to data monitoring will be a fundamental catalyst for industry growth.”

About PV Powered

Founded in 2003 and based in Bend, Oregon, PV Powered is the largest US-based manufacturer of solar power inverter technology. Designed for highest reliability and manufactured in the U.S.A., PV Powered products are UL Listed, and have the highest efficiency ratings in the solar market today. With thousands of its products in use nationwide, PV Powered combines one of the most experienced design teams in solar power electronics with a commitment to superior service and support. For more information, see

About Draker Laboratories

Founded in 1999 in Burlington, Vermont, Draker Laboratories™ provides high-performance monitoring and data management systems for commercial scale green power technologies, including: PV, wind, solar thermal, and hybrid energy systems.

About Energy Recommerce

Energy Recommerce is a privately-owned corporation based in San Francisco, California, and is the preferred provider of web-enabled alternative energy monitoring and management solutions for commercial systems. Energy Recommerce's customers are end users and solar investors throughout the USA. With over 20 years of experience in the automation industry, Energy Recommerce has the know-how to provide innovative and effective solutions.

About Fat Spaniel Technologies

Based in San Jose, California, Fat Spaniel Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of monitoring and reporting services for distributed, renewable energy systems – enabling efficient operations and maintenance, compelling web-based visualization, and accurate reporting. Fat Spaniel’s services are based on Insight Platform, the industry’s first open platform for multi-vendor system and portfolio monitoring. Users of Fat Spaniel’s services include system owners, system integrators, PPA service providers, utilities, inverter manufacturers, project financing firms, REC traders and regulatory agencies. The company specializes in renewable energy systems including solar electric, solar water heating and small wind. Fat Spaniel products are presently deployed in over 1,500 locations in 13 countries worldwide. Fat Spaniel is funded by Chrysalix Energy, Element Partners, Ignition Partners, PCG Clean Energy & Technology Fund and Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital arm of Applied Materials, Inc. For more information, see

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Press Contacts:

Rosalind Jackson
Antenna Group (for Fat Spaniel)
Ph: (415) 977-1923

Erick Petersen
PV Powered
Ph: (541) 788-0797