While solar monitoring is not new, solar supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), with the emphasis on the “supervisory control” function is much less common today. The SunSpec Alliance — a trade alliance of more than 100 solar and storage distributed energy industry stakeholders that work to provide information standards to enable “plug & play” system interoperability — has taken a central role shaping how this functionality is changing the way solar and storage can help firm up the grid.

With hydropower and wind power, it is standard practice to have a SCADA system capable of reacting to upsets through control actions to manage equipment for safe operation but the solar industry has typically not required

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