Schneider Electric to collaborate with Microsoft on cloud-based monitoring solutions for utility-scale solar power plants

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Burnaby, Canada, April 5, 2016 — Schneider Electric™ Solar Business, a global leader in solutions for the solar and energy storage industry, today announced it has collaborated with Microsoft Corp. in the development of cloud-based solutions for monitoring photovoltaic (PV) power plants.

Schneider Electric will expand its existing work with Microsoft as a Global Independent Software Vendor (ISV) to include Azure IoT technologies that enable innovations in solar monitoring solutions. By utilizing the more secure, remote connectivity of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, Schneider Electric’s Conext™ Advisor accesses solar power plant performance data and provides high-level analysis via the cloud. Delivering detailed KPIs, Conext Advisor improves visibility into plant performance and enables faster, better-informed decision-making.

Conext Advisor allows plant owners, managers and investors to supervise their solar systems’ operations in real time. Its analytics can be used to monitor performance metrics to identify site factors such as shading, soiling or signs of aging components, and proactively identify maintenance, servicing and refurbishing needs. Conext Advisor is part of Schneider Electric’s comprehensive suite of control supervision, performance analytics, and forecasting modules that help optimize performance, minimize operating expenses and enhance solar energy generation.

Said Arnaud Cantin, VP of the Power Plants line of business for Schneider Electric Solar and Energy Storage. “The key to Conext Advisor is that it is an advisor: it does not stop at data acquisition, display and reporting; through the power of analytics in the cloud, it interprets data and provides recommendations that enable customers to take action and significantly improve the performance of their assets.”

Schneider Electric will continue to accelerate solar innovations with Microsoft and the power of the Internet of Things. To learn more about Schneider Electric’s solar products and solutions, visit https://solar.schneider-electric.com

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