Like the solar panels that quietly pump out power, Novato-based Apparent has been humming along for a decade.

Started in 2010 by Bulgarian-born nuclear plant technician turned electrical inventor Stefan Matan, Apparent said its systems have been installed to dispatch and control 30 megawatts of clean power in wholesale markets covering five states.

Matan, chief technical officer, has led the company in securing 40 patents, with another 50 pending. His previous ventures include Bay Area electrical contracting firm Zap Electrics and solartech Silicon Valley startup Atria Technologies.

The company’s main product is igOS, the “intelligent grid operating system.” It’s a cloud-based system that uses machine learning to manage distribution of renewable energy. The software communicates with systems in the electrical panel, microinverter and battery managers

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